Dr. rer. nat. Rozina Kardakaris

Profession: Physical scientist

My articles:

Human embryo gene modification – where do we draw the line?

Rumors of human embryo gene-editing have been floating around in the past few years, causing a great deal of ethical debates. Now, with the publication of a study from Chinese scientists reporting the genomic modification of human embryos, debates regarding the ethical more...


Flu vaccination mismatch in the 2015 flu season – What are the lessons learned?

Influenza, the virus causing the ‘flu’, is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Flu vaccinations are thought to be the best way to protect ourselves against catching and spreading the flu. However, this was not the case in more...


Antibodies: A promising treatment for HIV?

Previous attempts at antibody-based HIV treatments showed little success, possibly due to their inability to neutralize a broad range of HIV strains. Now, scientists show that use of 3BN117, a potent antibody with a much broader spectrum, can significantly reduce viral more...


Sunlight: Still harmful in the dark?

Prolonged sunlight exposure can be harmful for our skin, leading to premature aging and potential cancer development. Now, scientists show that sunlight can still damage skin in the dark, long after sunlight exposure has ended. more...


Marijuana ‘munchies’: A key to losing weight?

Marijuana consumption is known to trigger increased appetite, known as having ‘the munchies’. Now, newly emerging knowledge on how marijuana regulates appetite could assist in the constant struggle against obesity. more...


Teixobactin: A ‘superhero’ in the battle against antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest challenges of medicine today, threatening mankind with the resurfacing of previously eradicated deadly bacterial diseases. Now, scientists have provided new hope in the battle against antibiotic resistance with the discovery more...


Mitochondrial DNA: A biomarker for frailty and death?

Mitochondria, the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell, contain their own DNA, separate from that found in the nucleus of cells. Now, scientists show that the amount of mitochondrial DNA found in people’s blood can predict how frail a person will be as they age. more...


When cancer cells ‘take out’ their trash

Cells require garbage disposal systems in order to keep their insides clean and tidy. Scientists have now discovered that the rubbish ‘thrown out’ by cancerous cells can potentially ‘infect’ nearby healthy cells, transforming them into tumor cells. more...


Paralyzed rats walk again: Hope for spinal cord injury patients?

Spinal cord injury is the most common cause of paralysis today, leaving patients immobilized, with bleak chances of recovery. Now, scientists have provided new hope for patients with this condition, by making paralyzed rats walk again with a normal coordinated gait, more...


Diet soda: Innocent until proven guilty?

Diet soda consumption has increased linearly in recent years, due to its image as a healthier alternative to regular soda. However, scientists have now shown that besides weight gain, daily consumption of diet soda may also lead to an increased risk in developing more...


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