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Deanna MacNeil, PhD

Deanna earned their PhD from McGill University in 2020, studying the cellular biology of aging and cancer. In addition to a passion for telomere research, Deanna has a multidisciplinary academic background in biochemistry and a professional background in medical writing. They joined The Scientist's Creative Services team in 2022 as an assistant science editor.

Articles by Deanna MacNeil, PhD
Fluorescent microscopy image of two adult&nbsp;<em >C. elegans</em> and several offspring.
Automating In Vivo Screens and Challenging Dogma 
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jun 19, 2024 | 3 min read
Scientists built a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip device that accelerates compound screens and phenotype analyses in C. elegans models of reproductive aging.
Concept illustration of the placenta
Shifting Parturition Perspectives in Perinatology Research
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jun 3, 2024 | 1 min read
Nardhy Gómez-López investigates the placental immunology of preterm birth.
Photo of John Calhoun crouches within his rodent utopia-turned-dystopia
Universe 25 Experiment
Annie Melchor and Deanna MacNeil, PhD | May 28, 2024 | 5 min read
A series of rodent experiments showed that even with abundant food and water, personal space is essential to prevent societal collapse, but Universe 25's relevance to humans remains disputed.
Three covid rapid antigen tests displaying (left to right) invalid, positive, and negative results.
What Does a Positive Covid Test Look Like?
Christie Wilcox, PhD and Deanna MacNeil, PhD | May 10, 2024 | 7 min read
Lateral flow tests for COVID-19 can be very accurate and specific when used as directed, but introducing acidic fluids can cause the tests’ detecting antibodies to clump, which may read as a positive result.
Close-up painting of hands drawing the DNA helix.
Measuring Mutagenesis with Precision Genome Editing
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | May 3, 2024 | 5 min read
A new prime editing sensor library targeting p53 mutations allowed scientists to interrogate thousands of tumor genotypes as they arose in endogenous contexts.
Fluorescence microscopy imaging of astrocytes in culture, stained red
Friends and Foes: Astrocytes as Disease Targets
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Apr 10, 2024 | 3 min read
A new platform for screening astrocyte reactivity helps researchers uncover potential therapeutic interventions to treat neurodegenerative conditions.
3D rendered RNA strand
MEGA CRISPR: Engineering Better Immunotherapies with RNA Editing
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 3 min read
Multi-targeted Cas13 screens help researchers avoid permanent DNA cuts and evade T cell exhaustion.
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Delivering Prime Editors With Virus-like Particles
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Mar 11, 2024 | 3 min read
An iterative engineering approach to improve prime editor delivery helped scientists correct genetic vision defects in mice.
Making Moves Toward Cell Therapy for Diabetes
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Feb 20, 2024 | 3 min read
A step-by-step cell culture process may improve the quantity and quality of cell replacement therapies.
A close up of several modular puzzle pieces.
Making Connections: Click Chemistry and Bioorthogonal Chemistry
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Feb 13, 2024 | 5 min read
Simple, quick, and modular reactions allow researchers to create useful molecular structures from a wide range of substrates.