Week 2, Days 1 & 2, The Irish Times

This week at the newspaper has started off busily.

I finished off my feature article for this Thursday – I’m looking forward to seeing how the creative people upstairs present the story and pictures.

I started on a small piece yesterday on a small marine animal – a hydroid – that has remarkable powers to regenerate its body parts. It’s stem (pluripotent) cells are being studied so that scientists can learn more about human ageing and cancer. I reported on findings made by Dr Uri Frank, a Science Foundation Ireland investigator at the REMEDI at NUI Galway. The headline was catchy: ‘Immortal Irish Marine animal provides hope for research into ageing’ and it’s been doing quite well – and trending – online. Click here to have a read.

I’ve started on a few more pieces. I’m working on one piece related to Neolithic human activity with an Irish angle. I’m also getting two further feature pieces together and we hope that these will appear over the coming month.


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