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Dr Barbara Kramarz

Dr Barbara Kramarz is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is currently working as a gene ontology biocurator in the group of Dr Ruth Lovering at University College London's Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, and focuses on the annotation of microRNAs and their targets. Previously she studied Biotechnology at the University of Surrey and completed a PhD at UCL's Institute of Ophthalmology.


BioNews Review articles written by Dr Barbara Kramarz:

Radio Review: Rewinding the Menopause

10 August 2015 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

In this Radio 4 programme, Dr Aarathi Prasad investigates new research that is overturning decades-old assumptions about how human eggs are produced and what causes the menopause... [Read More]

Event Review: The Compatibility Gene

31 March 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Professor Daniel Davis began his lecture at the Royal Institution by introducing 'the compatibility genes', the DNA components that vary the most from person to person. Unlike many of us would expect, these genes are not responsible for features such as skin or hair colour. This engaging lecture tells their story.... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Barbara Kramarz:


New prenatal DNA test for Down's syndrome is more accurate and cheaper

13 November 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

A new prenatal screening method for Down's syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndromes is safer, more reliable and cheaper than existing approaches, a study has found... [Read More]

Financial stress and circadian gene linked to migraine

11 September 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

People with specific variants of a body clock gene are more likely than others to develop migraines under financial hardship... [Read More]

Liver gene variants give 'sweet tooth'

08 May 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have shown that a genetic variant in a liver protein increases a person's preference for sweet food.

Zika shrinks mice testicles and lowers fertility

27 February 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

The Zika virus reduces the size of testes in infected mice up to 21 days after infection, according to a recent study... [Read More]

Zika virus damages mouse testes and sperm

07 November 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Zika virus causes permanent damage to the testes of male mice, reducing sperm count and sex hormone levels, according to a study... [Read More]

Exome project reveals 3230 disease genes

22 August 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

More than 3230 genes with the propensity to cause disease have been identified in an analysis of the largest exome dataset yet... [Read More]

Frozen embryos increase pregnancy success for mothers with PCOS

15 August 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome who undergo IVF using frozen embryos are more likely to have successful pregnancies than those using fresh embryos, a study suggests... [Read More]

Blood vessel gene linked to both stroke and dementia

11 April 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

A gene called FOXF2 has been linked to small vessel disease in the brain, a condition associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia... [Read More]

Genetic links to being a 'morning person', says 23andMe study

08 February 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Scientists have used data from personal genomics company 23andMe to identify a set of genes that are linked to being a 'morning person'... [Read More]

Parasite increases female fertility

23 November 2015 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Infections with the giant roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) increase female fertility, according to a nine-year study... [Read More]




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