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 ( She is currently based in France where she works as a freelance science journalist and runs a science blog ( Follow Isabel on twitter @Isabel_L_Torres
Role: Section Editor, Health
No. of articles: 11

Kidneys grown in the lab work in animals

Bioengineered rat kidney in bioreactor incubator. (Credit: Ott Lab, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital)
Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in the US have grown rat kidneys in the laboratory that produced urine when transplanted into...

Cancer research: fruit flies take it down a notch

Fruit fly (Credit: everystockphoto)
You wouldn't think that those pesky flies hovering around your fruit bowl could help scientists understand cancer. Flies don't have cancer, and a fly...

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 anatomist Gunther von...

Scientists find bacteria that can function as electric cables

Cable bacteria in the mud of the sea bottom                Credit: Mingdong Dong, Jie Song and Nils Risgaard-Petersen
At the bottom of the ocean, there is a strange world of microbes thriving in mud sediments. They all strive toward the same vital goal of using oxygen...

Promiscuous female guppies have the upper hand

Credits: Biodiversity and Behaviour Group at University of St Andrews
New research shows that mating with multiple partners brings benefits for females. In a study published this week in the journal BMC Evolutionary...

Cancer stem cell discovery could lead to new cancer therapies

Scientists have discovered that cancers are fueled by small populations of cancer stem cells. These cells are resistant to current therapies and are...

Scientists find new clues on how bacteria resist antibiotics

A bacterial plate. Source: everystockphoto, Photo by
New research shows how some bacteria manage to evade a widely used antibiotic by removing it from their protein factories.

The widespread use of...

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 20 years ago, and I would...

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

The lung-on-a-chip is the size of a memory stick (Credit: Harvard University Wyss Institute)
Scientists used a microchip that recreates a breathing lung to study pulmonary edema and test a new drug against this life-threatening disease,...

Musical training in childhood, good for your brain

Parents may have found a new reason to encourage their children to play a musical instrument. A new study led by scientists at Northwestern University...

Bees know their way around

Image credit: Stephan Wolf
The 'travelling salesman problem' has puzzled mathematicians for over eight decades, but bees might just have the answer. In a study published this...