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Alex O’Brien

Alex O’Brien

Contributor

Alex O’Brien is a freelance science and technology writer. She is a regular contributor for German-based Trademark Publishing and has written for Delayed Gratification and The Long & Short, among other publications. 

Alex’s stories

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    An Amazon of tumours

    What if there were a crowd-sourced library of rare cancer samples, ordered simply using ‘one-click shopping’?

    Society
    3
    min
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    Light at the end of the scalpel

    Telling cancer from non-cancer is tough for brain surgeons. Scorpions, Amazon.com and the legacy of a dying girl might change that, writes Alex O'Brien.

    Health
    14
    min
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    Could a dead heart save lives?

    Surgeons say they have performed the first transplant using a 'dead' heart. Could this fill the deficit of donor hearts?

    Health
    3
    min
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    How to mend a broken heart

    The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. But what if we could simply manufacture a new one? Alex O’Brien studies the legacy of Texan surgeons and artificial hearts.

    Health
    18
    min