Isabel Torres


Isabel is a freelance science writer and Health editor at The Munich Eye. She has an MPhil and a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK. She began her research career as a developmental biologist but she gradually focused her research on cell biology. During her postoc at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the Medical Research Council, she got involved in several science outreach projects and fell in love with science communication. Amongst other things, she co-founded Microscopes4Schools, a workshop on cells and microscopy for primary school children that now reaches thousands of people through an interactive website that she developed (www.microscopes4schools.co.uk). She is currently based in France where she works as a freelance science journalist and runs a science blog (www.scienceintheclouds.blogspot.com). Follow Isabel on twitter @Isabel_L_Torres
Role: Section Editor, Health
No. of articles: 30
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Traditional Chinese herbal medicine causes cancer

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Two new studies show that a natural compound found in many Chinese herbal medicines triggers genetic mutations that may...

Antioxidants don't improve fertility, study shows

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Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Auckland, New Zealand, have shown that there is...

New genetic test predicts asthma risk

DNA fingerprint (Credit: flaivoloka/stock.xchng)
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects over four million people in Germany. During an asthma...

Migraines linked to sleep disorders

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New research from the University of California San Francisco, US, has identified a gene alteration linked to both...

New technique detects early oesophageal cancer

Histology of oesophagus tissue.
Almost 500,000 new cases of oesophageal cancer are diagnosed worldwide every year. However, diagnosis usually only occurs...

Cancer drug works by recruiting tumor 'killer' cells

New research from the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammatory Research in the UK explains why the cancer drug...

How breast cancer spreads to the brain

Mouse brain tumor induced by injected human breast cancer cells. Credit: Dario Marchetti.
Cancer cells can escape from tumors, sneak through the bloodstream, and seed new tumors, or metastases, in distant organs....

Scientists find new clues on how bacteria resist antibiotics

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New research shows how some bacteria manage to evade a widely used antibiotic by removing it from their protein factories....

Scientists hear the music of your brain

EEG-fMRI music. Credit: Lu et al. PLoS ONE 2012.
Science and art often go hand in hand. M.C. Escher played with geometry in his famous prints of impossible realities, and...

Musical training in childhood, good for your brain

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Parents may have found a new reason to encourage their children to play a musical instrument. A new study led by...
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Traditional Chinese herbal medicine causes cancer

Two new studies show that a natural compound found in many Chinese herbal medicines triggers genetic mutations that may...
Credit: furryscaly/everystockphoto

Antioxidants don't improve fertility, study shows

Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Auckland, New Zealand, have shown that there is...
Tissue sample of a prostatic acinar adenocarcinoma, a common type of prostate cancer (credit: wikipedia commons)

Nerve growth triggers prostate cancer

New research suggests that the formation of new nerve fibers in and around prostate tumors increases cancer growth and...
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Economic incentives increase blood donations

Blood transfusion is critical to save lives, but often the availability of safe blood at the time when is needed is...
Klinikum Schwabing hospital (Credit: wikipedia commons)

MERS patient dies in Munich hospital

On March 26, a patient in a Munich hospital was the first person in Germany to die of a new SARS-like viral infection...
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New MS treatment successful in early clinical trials

A new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) had a successful first phase of clinical trials, shows a study published in...
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Molecule that triggers itch sensation is found

Researchers from the National Institute of Dental and Cranofacial Research in Maryland, USA, discovered the molecule that...
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Heroin vaccine blocks drug addiction in rats

A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in California, USA, has reported promising results for a new...
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Mood swings on wings

Have you got a deadline coming up soon? Does it make you feel anxious, sleepless and stressed out? Some of us respond to...
Smog in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Credit: wikipediacommons)

Does air pollution increase heart attacks and strokes?

The longer you live in a polluted city, the more quickly you develop risk factors for heart attack and stroke, researchers...
Mouse nerve cells (in green).

Brain cells made from skin raise hopes for new neurodegenerative disease treatments

A research team led by Dr Paul Tesar at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, USA, has...
Brain tumor formed after injection of human breast cancer cells into mice. Credit: Dario Marchetti.

How breast cancer spreads into the brain

Cancer cells can escape from tumors, sneak through the bloodstream, and seed new tumors, or metastases, in distant organs....
John Nash was a mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia.

A mathematical window into schizophrenia

The Oscar-winning movie "The Beautiful Mind" shows the mathematical prodigy John Nash having many imaginary conversations...
Bioengineered rat kidney in bioreactor incubator. (Credit: Ott Lab, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital)

Kidneys grown in the lab work in animals

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in the US have grown rat kidneys in the laboratory that produced urine...
Fruit fly (Credit: everystockphoto)

Cancer research: fruit flies take it down a notch

You wouldn't think that those pesky flies hovering around your fruit bowl could help scientists understand cancer. Flies...
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Licence to die?

The first time on an airplane is one of those experiences that leave a stamp on your memory. My first plane trip was about...
The lung-on-a-chip is the size of a memory stick (Credit: Harvard University Wyss Institute)

Lung-on-a-chip: a human disease model that could revolutionize drug discovery

Scientists used a microchip that recreates a breathing lung to study pulmonary edema and test a new drug against this...
Cable bacteria in the mud of the sea bottom                Credit: Mingdong Dong, Jie Song and Nils Risgaard-Petersen

Scientists find bacteria that can function as electric cables

At the bottom of the ocean, there is a strange world of microbes thriving in mud sediments. They all strive toward the...
Credits: Biodiversity and Behaviour Group at University of St Andrews

Promiscuous female guppies have the upper hand

New research shows that mating with multiple partners brings benefits for females. In a study published this week in the...
Image credit: Stephan Wolf

Bees know their way around

The 'travelling salesman problem' has puzzled mathematicians for over eight decades, but bees might just have the answer....