Massimo, molecular biologist, is constantly on a mission to inspire scientists and laypeople around him with his passion for science. During the time spent on the bench, he followed his natural all-around curiosity, investigating several topics from medical diseases to plant physiology. Head of TheScienceBreaker, Massimo proudly chases his naïve dream of an engaged society where scientists and citizens are facing together the upcoming challenges for human civilizations. At the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Massimo works for BiOutils – an academic and laboratory-based platform for outreach in life sciences.
Massimo is the editor of 198 Breaks:
Ten cigarettes in a bottle of wine for cancer
In contrast to our knowledge about the relationship between smoking and cancer, the public’s understanding of the link between alcohol and cancer is poor. We therefore used cigarettes as a ‘yard-stick’ to communicate the cancer risks associated with alcohol and found that drinking one bottle of wine/week carries an equivalent cancer risk to smoking 10 cigarettes per week for women, and 5 for men.Aug 9, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Why do immune cells have a spider web inside their nucleus?
A meshwork in some immune cells controls genes that are important for the immune system. This new phenomenon might be linked to diseases and introduces a new concept by which a biological structure, reminiscent of a spider web, controls genes.Aug 5, 2019 | 4 min read
Insect microbiomes – a new hope against antimicrobial resistance?
Due to the increase in antimicrobial resistance in pathogens, currently used antibiotics are becoming ineffective. Thus, new antibiotics need to be discovered. This study explores a yet unexploited source of potent antimicrobials: insect microbiomes.Aug 2, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Warm waters hide in the unlikeliest of places – under the Arctic sea ice
The past three decades have experienced substantial warming of the Arctic Ocean. There has been a doubling in the heat stored in the deeper waters, which exposes sea-ice cover and climate to potentially grim consequences.Jul 31, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Why breakfast is not the most important meal of the day: Another myth bites the dust!
There has been a widespread belief that eating breakfast is central to tackling overweight and obesity, one of our major medical and public health challenges. We examined the international literature and, after combining the results in a meta-analysis, found that is not advisable to change a person’s diet, forcing breakfast in order to lose weight.Jul 29, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Grape expectations: how balls of water can mimic metallic objects in the microwave oven
Our study into the sparking of grapes in microwave ovens reveals that the phenomenon has less to do with the electrical conductivity of grapes and everything to do with the unique optical properties of water at microwave frequencies.Jul 26, 2019 | 4 min read