How I improvised to be childless

I was on a broken train talking to a stranger, I met a few hours ago, sharing the story of my life as if in a therapy. I was a childminder in love with kids, so I had the perfect job. I was married to a man I loved, but life was not perfect. We…

Why is a smile so powerful?

We start the new year by sending our best wishes to the people around us for their health, their success, their resolutions to come true and in particular, for them to smile more. Smiling is the most distinctive and powerful clue for happiness and joy. We smile when we are happy and we feel good…

Do we trust in science?

At the beginning of autumn, I completed the last bits and pieces of the work required for my degree in science communication. Since then, I have been preparing myself to enter this rather specific niche. So on December 9th, I went to the 2nd all-island SCI:COM (http://scicom.ie/) conference in Dublin. Although this was a local…

Living with Autism

Aoife was 24 when she was diagnosed with the Asperger’s syndrome. She had struggled to fit in with her social environment without understanding why. With the diagnosis, the pieces of the jigsaw suddenly came together for her. For the first time, she could embrace her identity fully. Asperger’s syndrome is among the group of developmental…

Behind the Scenes in an Outbreak

This post does not have any relevance to my own experiences. It comes out of my uttermost respect for all scientists, doctors, and investigators who work in the field during disease outbreaks around the world. They are the individuals that work very hard behind the scenes to save lives. ——- In 1976,  scientists at the…

How would you like your baby designed?

Imagine a world where you are asked such questions when you plan to have a baby. Would you like blue eyes? Dark hair? High IQ? A future Michael Jordan or Pablo Picasso? Sounds like a version of the Brave New World? It isn’t. Scientists are technologically on their way to play with the human genome…