Charlotte Worrall

Science journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Currently completing an MA in Science Journalism at City University.

Mail Online
Bad memories can intentionally be FORGOTTEN!

We can intentionally forget memories by changing the context This could help people suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Scientists could track how scene images faded in and out of the mind Memory studies often focus on how we remember rather than forget For some, a certain song or smell makes them feel postively nostalgic while for someone else it reminds them of a love lost.

Researchers use drug to target ageing in dogs

By Charlotte Worrall Researchers at the University of Washington are trialling the drug rapamycin on dogs to see if it will increase their health-span. The drug, which is also used in humans to prevent rejection after organ transplants, has slowed the effects of ageing in fruit flies, worms and mice in previous studies.

Distractingly Sexist
Twitter's role in exposing the gender issue in science

By Charlotte Worrall Social media has become a major platform for scientists to call out and discuss the persistent problem of gender issues in science. There have been a number of 'Twitterstorms' recently, which have further highlighted the extent of sexism in science towards women. Fiona Ingleby, a geneticist at the University of Sussex, received...

Is ageing scripted in our genes?

By Charlotte Worrall There are no individual genes that script our lifespan and ageing, instead our genes are purposed for our survival, according to Suresh Rattan, a biogerontologist at Aarhus University in Denmark. Biogerontologists say that ageing is the inevitable process of the deterioration of function over time.

Chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could become untreatable

England's chief medical officer has warned that Gonorrhoea could become untreatable after drug-resistant strains were reported across Britain this year. Signs of the drug-resistant sexually transmitted infection appeared in Leeds earlier in March, but have since cropped up in Macclesfield, Oldham and Scunthorpe.

Distractingly Sexist
Woman engineer of the year, Orla Murphy, is an inspiration

By Charlotte Worrall The winner of the young woman engineer of the year award is set to inspire young girls to choose engineering as a career and to help bridge the industry's gender gap. Orla Murphy has been working as an audio engineer at Jaguar Land Rover for three years, and proudly took her prize...

Stem cell therapy for macular degeneration awaits 2015 clinical trial

A stem cell therapy that could restore the sights of the thousands of people with age-related macular degeneration in the UK, is awaiting clinical trial. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the western world, affecting 25 percent of the population aged over 65 in the UK - almost 500,000 people....

Distractingly Sexist
Campaign to teach academics in New Zealand why science is sexist

By Charlotte Worrall A group of female researchers from New Zealand are confronting sexism in science after raising enough money to send a book to academics in decision-making roles. Dr Nicola Gaston, a lecturer of chemistry at the Victoria University of Wellington, wrote the book - Why Science is Sexist - because she thinks that...