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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Placental Gene Expression Hints at Preterm Birth
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Feb 12, 2024 | 4 min read
Researchers mapped out cellular changes in the maternal-fetal interface to uncover term and preterm labor complexities.
Researchers CHOOSE Organoids to Investigate Neurodevelopment
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jan 29, 2024 | 4 min read
A 3D variation of pooled CRISPR screens could connect the dots between autism spectrum disorder genetics and cell fate pathways in the developing brain.
How Plants Protect Their DNA in Space 
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jan 24, 2024 | 4 min read
Dorothy Shippen and Borja Barbero Barcenilla investigated how spaceflight affects telomeres of Arabidopsis seedlings grown on the International Space Station.
Decoding the Cellular Secrets of the Endometrium 
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jan 16, 2024 | 3 min read
Endometrial organoids and single cell analyses helped uncover the molecular mechanisms of a rare uterine condition.
Addressing Power and Pitfalls in Machine Learning Neoantigen Prediction
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Dec 11, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers honed prediction models and datasets to unlock the potential of deep neural networks in biological applications while avoiding bias.