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Sofia Spataro

Senior Scientific Editor

About Sofia

Sofia is a biomedical researcher and a PhD candidate in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Geneva since 2019. She believes that scientific progress belongs to everyone, and for this reason she is involved in science communication and vulgarization. She is constantly amazed by science and she's thrilled to share her passion with the general public. With her enthusiasm, Sofia is pursuing a PhD studying the cellular mechanism of a rare syndrome affecting the kidneys.

Sofia is the editor of 4 Breaks:

RAINmakers: how receptors orchestrate specific cell functions

The exact interplay between receptors and their downstream signaling influences essentially all physiological functions. But how can a cell discriminate between hundreds of different receptors that share the same downstream signaling transducers? We find receptor-associated independent signaling nanodomains (RAINs) around single receptors which can specifically switch signaling cascades on or off.

Feb 2, 2023 | 4 min read
Mathematical paradoxes unearth the boundaries of AI

Instability is AI's Achilles’ heel. We show the following paradox: there are cases where stable and accurate AI exists, but it can never be trained by any algorithm. We initiate a foundations theory for when AI can be trained - such a programme will shape political and legal decision-making in the coming decades, and have a significant impact on markets for AI technologies.

Aug 29, 2022 | 3.5 min read
Animal magnetism: how magnetic fields can influence chemistry in living cells

In recent years, scientists have discovered that many animals can sense the weak magnetic field of the earth and use it to help them navigate. Other studies suggest that weak magnetic fields in our environment may be harmful to our health. Here, we look at a mechanism by which weak magnetic fields might influence biology and demonstrate direct magnetic effects on the chemistry of living cells.

Jun 2, 2022 | 3.5 min read
The puzzling history of South American mammals

After millions of years of isolation, the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama connected South America with North America, allowing the interchange of two previously separated faunas. The interchange was not balanced because more mammals from North America are recorded in South America than vice versa. Could this be caused by extinctions that left fewer South American mammals to move northward?

Nov 17, 2021 | 3.5 min read