Sergio Pistoi

I am a freelance science writer and an award-winning book author with a PhD in molecular biology. My journalistic credits include Scientific American, Reuters, the New Scientist, Nature and many others. As a consultant, I help scientists communicating their work to the public and the media. I like to produce and read/hear/watch stories that are compelling, sharp-sighted and accurate.  Read more

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Health
Is your home healthy? Ask the DNAIs your home healthy? Ask the DNA

Genetic investigations are the latest tool for busting unsafe microorganisms and improving air quality in buildings

10 Apr 2017
Health
Do microbes control our mood?Do microbes control our mood?

Research on gut bacteria may change the way we look at anxiety, depression, and behavioural disorders

17 Oct 2016
Bioeconomy
Which is more wholesome: wild or farmed fish?Which is more wholesome: wild or farmed fish?

Science gives us a heads-up for choosing at the counter and helps in the struggle to save the global fish stocks

05 Jul 2016
Energy
Cyber attacks – Are smart cities safer or more vulnerable?Cyber attacks – Are smart cities safer or more vulnerable?

Does technology expose cities more to terrorist attacks? We asked urban technology expert Francis Pisani

25 May 2016
Energy
The Social Life of BricksThe Social Life of Bricks

A celebrity in the materials world, Mark Miodownik dreams of colour-changing walls and looks at the future of renewable buildings

20 Apr 2016
Energy
Power of the Sun. Dirt cheapPower of the Sun. Dirt cheap

In a world hungry for energy, top scientist Michael Grätzel hopes to make solar cells more affordable by copying photosynthesis

14 Mar 2016
Health
Digging into the DNA for a successful dietDigging into the DNA for a successful diet

Genetically-tailored diets are in vogue. But do they work?

25 Feb 2016
Environment
Marco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticidesMarco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides

Exposure to sub-lethal doses of neonicotinoids may have a long-term effect on bees. One of Italy’s top bee researchers recommends a ban on insecticide-coated seeds and in reintroducing rotating cultures against pests invasion.

02 May 2013
Bioeconomy
A sticky solution against beef bacteriaA sticky solution against beef bacteria

Scientists are targeting disease-causing bacteria present on cows’ skin as an attempt to prevent them from contaminating beef meat, and from posing a threat to consumers’ health. 

19 Feb 2013
Bioeconomy
Genetic testing in the steak-houseGenetic testing in the steak-house

DNA analyses may help select the best breeds by predicting how beef will taste once it reaches our palate

05 Nov 2012
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