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Dr. Carlos Javier Rivera-Rivera

About Carlos Javier

Carlos has been in love with Nature ever since he can remember. He spent many days camping, snorkeling and otherwise exploring the tropical forests and seas of his native Puerto Rico. Adding passion to his love affair, he is now studying molecular phylogenetics, trying to uncover the intricate evolutionary processes that have shaped our DNA sequences. Knowing that communication is essential for any good romance, Carlos believes that the best way to communicate his love for Nature is by making the amazing world of research accessible to all.

Carlos Javier is the editor of 40 Breaks:

The happiness chemical that sits on top of our DNA

Serotonin is a chemical that can be found in many parts of our body, including the brain. People have described it as a happiness chemical, as it is strongly associated with mood. Farrelly and colleagues show in this elegant study that although we believed we knew most things about serotonin, it can still surprise us.

Jul 15, 2019 | 3.5 min read
A cup of green tea can solve many problems!

Tea is the second most consumed beverage worldwide. Apart from its delicious taste, it has many benefits for human health. A recent study suggests green tea extracts as a useful therapy for patients with colorectal cancer.

Jul 3, 2019 | 3 min read
Gene edited “superpigs” resist devastating disease

Genome editors are simple tools that allow scientists to make very precise changes to the genome of any organism. Here we present the use of these "gene scissors" to make pigs resistant to a devastating viral disease by removing a small portion of their genome and disrupting the key-lock interaction of the virus with its host.

Feb 13, 2019 | 4.5 min read
Steady decline of coral reefs in the Anthropocene

Coral reefs are in a steady decline worldwide due to a range of anthropogenic (man-made) stressors. For this study, we focused on the effect of the two main drivers of change on the reefs: ocean warming and increasing storm intensity. Both of these stressors result in changes in the composition of coral communities, and a decrease in coral cover.

Jan 28, 2019 | 4 min read
Creating the world’s fastest rotating object

The blades in the turbine of a fighter jet aircraft can spin nearly one thousand times each second, but spinning any faster makes them explode. What is the highest rotation rate at which a mechanical object can revolve?

Jan 21, 2019 | 4 min read
Finding Dracula’s silver bullet: the fight against a bloodthirsty fungus

That’s correct, the darkness loving, light fearing, blood sucking prince of darkness, Count Dracula was a fungus. In our recent research, we describe that just like Dracula, the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus “wants your blood”.

Jan 16, 2019 | 3.5 min read