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Zoé Valbret

Senior Scientific Editor

About Zoé

Zoé is passionate about making science accessible to everyone. As a Biology PhD student, Zoé experiments with llama antibodies and human cells. In her science communication, Zoé learned to create short videos with her sister. The curiosity that these videos sparked, encouraged Zoé to explore other ways of sharing current science through writing and podcasts. Now she is thrilled to continue this journey with TheScienceBreaker.

Zoé is the editor of 16 Breaks:

Monoclonal antibodies that are effective against all COVID-19 -related viruses

All licensed COVID-19 antibody treatments become ineffective over time as new mutants emerge. We isolated antibodies from an individual who recovered from SARS-1 and received the COVID vaccine, that work against all COVID-related viruses including the latest Omicron variants. These broad-targeting antibodies could make future-proof therapeutics to counter the continual evolution of coronaviruses.

Jan 31, 2024 | 3.5 min read
Stressing the gut-brain axis

It is widely known that psychological stress influences many aspects of our health. This is particularly true in the case of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a widespread disease of the gut. We found that psychological stress leads to inflammation of the gut by changing the gut-residing nervous system, which may inform therapeutic approaches in the future.

Jan 29, 2024 | 3.5 min read
Taurine: a supplement for extending life-span and health

The world population is aging. In our recent study, we identified that levels of an amino acid called taurine decline during aging. When we used taurine supplementation to reverse this decline, it improved healthspan in worms, mice and monkeys, and lifespan in worms and mice. Thus, taurine deficiency could be a driver of aging and taurine supplementation a potential anti-aging intervention.

Jan 24, 2024 | 3 min read
Thunderstruck! A quasicrystal made by lightning

A material with characteristics between crystal and glass has been accidentally created by an electrical discharge (likely a lightning strike) in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The material is a quasicrystal with 12-fold symmetry, impossible for ordinary crystals. Transient high-pressure and high-temperature conditions seem to ease the formation of quasicrystals in nature.

Sep 11, 2023 | 3.5 min read
Life after logging: the tale of recovering tropical forests

We researched how logging activities impact the ability of a tropical forest to absorb and store carbon. Over a 7-year period in Malaysian Borneo, we found that forests recovering from logging activities emit more CO2 than they absorb, and that these emissions persist at least a decade following the logging activities.

Aug 21, 2023 | 3.5 min read
Three’s a crowd: group interactions in the real-world data, and how to find them

Discovering the complex interactions among variables in real-world events is critical, whether it is brain function, the financial market, or even epidemics. While traditional statistical tools only account for interactions between two variables, our new method examines group dependencies to understand more complex interactions in real-world data from neuroscience, economics, and epidemiology.

Aug 23, 2023 | 3 min read