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Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Dr Gabrielle Samuel was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and is a researcher working on a (second) PhD at Brunel University's Sociology and Communications Department. Her research, conducted under the auspices of a Society and Ethics Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust, concerns the policy and legal implications of severe brain injuries. She was formerly Genetics Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She originally studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham, and went on to obtain a PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Adelaide. She then worked at the University of Sydney's Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, initially under the auspices of a scholarship from the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, then in research and postdoctoral posts awarded by the Australian Government's National Health and Medical Research Council. She has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London's Centre for Biomedicine and Society.


BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Gabrielle Samuel:

Hype, hope and headlines

30 September 2013 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

This event was designed to promote debate about how and when fertility research should be reported in the media, and to ask the question 'where does the responsibility lie to ensure that such reporting is not hyped?' And that it did... [Read More]

The perils of creating synthetic life

24 May 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

As an ex-genetic researcher I was incredibly excited to hear in last week's news that researchers at the J Craig Venter Institute, US, have successfully constructed the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Gabrielle Samuel:

TV Review: Horizon: Horizon - The Truth about Fat

26 March 2012 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Last week's Horizon on BBC2, 'The truth about fat', follows surgeon Gabriel Weston as she looks at the latest research exploring why so many people are clinically obese... [Read More]

Film Review: Splice

09 August 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

From watching the trailers for Splice, I thought the film centred on a genetic engineering experiment gone awry - mutants taking over the world and so on. Sadly not. At least if it had, it would be based on a storyline which - although tiresome - is proven to work. Not only that, but this horror of a horror film was far from scary... [Read More]

Event Review: Francis Galton and Francis Crick - Cases of Mistaken Identity?

06 April 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

This small session, convened in the Wellcome Trust's Library last Wednesday, was the tale of two Francis's. The discussion highlighted the lives of, and drew on the similarities between, Francis Galton - who coined the term eugenics - and Francis Crick - who determined the structure of DNA with James Watson... [Read More]

Radio Review: Moral Maze

22 March 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

'IVF doctors to raffle human egg' ran the Sunday Times headline on 14 March 2010. A seminar sponsored by an American clinic took place in London at which a human egg and a cycle of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment was awarded to one couple who attended... [Read More]

Film Review: Extraordinary Measures

15 March 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Extraordinary Measures is the story of the desperation of a father to find a drug to prolong the lives of his sick children, Megan and Patrick, who both have an incurable genetic condition with a life expectancy of nine years of age.... [Read More]

Exhibition Review: Identity - Eight Rooms, Nine Lives

01 March 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Can you identify yourself? How? By your name, sex, religion, by what you do, or the relationships you form? These are the types of unenviable and arguably unanswerable questions the Wellcome Trust asks in its current Exhibition 8 Rooms, 9 Lives. The exhibition does not set out to answer questions about identity (and with good reason). However, wandering through the myriad of rooms the exhibition displays, through a series of individual life stories, brings to life at least some of the

BioNews News articles written by Dr Gabrielle Samuel:


Insulin-producing cells created by cloning

06 May 2014 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Researchers have transformed embryonic stem cells from a diabetic woman into insulin-producing beta cells, a study in Nature reports... [Read More]

Mapping DNA of egg cells could boost IVF success

06 January 2014 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Researchers in China have developed a new non-invasive method for detecting genetic defects in IVF embryos that could improve the chances of successful IVF for some patients... [Read More]

Study sparks debate: should embryo cryopreservation be routine in IVF?

10 September 2012 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Women who undergo fertility treatment using cryopreserved embryos may have healthier babies and fewer complications than those who use 'fresh' embryos, a study suggests.... [Read More]

IVF single embryo transfers have better chance of survival

09 July 2012 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Single embryo transfer reduces the risk of death within a month of birth for babies conceived via IVF, according to an Australian study... [Read More]

IVF treatment rises six percent in a year

21 November 2011 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

There was a six percent rise last year in the number of fertility treatments carried out in the UK, according to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)... [Read More]

Social class behind brainy IVF babies

01 August 2011 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

New research has shown that socio-economic status plays a bigger role in a child's development than whether that child was born after a planned pregnancy... [Read More]

New MRSA strain not picked up by current genetic tests

13 June 2011 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

A group of British and Danish scientists has identified a new strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which has been found in cows and their milk. The new strain is also known to have infected 27 people in the UK and 24 in Denmark... [Read More]

Mice sperm cells grown in the lab

28 March 2011 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Researchers in Japan have successfully grown sperm for the first time in a study that could eventually help preserve the fertility of cancer patients and help infertile men have children.... [Read More]

Online tool for predicting IVF success launched

10 January 2011 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Researchers have developed a calculator that they claim can be used to provide people who are having fertility problems with an assessment of the likelihood of having a successful outcome following IVF... [Read More]

UK stem cell report published

06 December 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

More than 200 patients' lives could be saved each year following recommendations published in a new report, focusing on improving the availability and quality of stem cell transplants in the UK... [Read More]




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