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Dr Greg Ball

Dr Greg Ball is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He is currently training to be a patent attorney, specialising in the life sciences and biotechnology fields. He obtained his PhD at University College London (UCL)'s Ear Institute, where his research, funded by Action on Hearing Loss, focused on the cell biology underlying deafness and hearing loss. Previously, he studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, and went on to work at the Medical Research Council's Mammalian Genetics Unit.


BioNews Review articles written by Dr Greg Ball:

Film Review: The Bourne Legacy

10 September 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball

The Bourne Legacy sees a return of the Bourne franchise, only this time without its eponymous hero, but rather a whole new breed of biologically enhanced undercover CIA agents... [Read More]

Comic Review: Hope beyond Hype - A Story of Stem Cells from Discovery to Therapy

11 June 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball

Stem cell research isn't a topic you'd expect to see in a comic book, particularly when the aim is to give a realistic insight into the subject, avoiding hype and sensationalism. But that's exactly what 'Hope Beyond Hype', a graphic novel telling the story of stem cell research from discovery to therapy, intends to do... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Greg Ball:


Over 50 new hearing genes found

16 October 2017 - by Dr Greg Ball

Researchers have discovered 52 new genes essential for hearing in mice... [Read More]

International genetics groups advocate germline CRISPR research

07 August 2017 - by Dr Greg Ball

Research into human germline genome editing should continue, recommends an international group of 11 human genetics organisations... [Read More]

Stem cell therapy reverses paralysis

19 September 2016 - by Dr Greg Ball

An experimental stem cell therapy appears to have restored some feeling and limb control in five patients paralysed by spinal cord injuries... [Read More]

Researchers 'plumb in' lab-grown kidneys

28 September 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball

Researchers in Japan have found a way to overcome a major obstacle to using stem-cell grown kidneys in animals... [Read More]

Gene therapy for deafness moves closer

13 July 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball

A technique that delivers genes into the inner ears of mice has been used to restore hearing, marking the first time that gene therapy has been successfully used to treat deafness... [Read More]

Stem cell therapy for eye disease shows potential

05 May 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball

Retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells have been successfully transplanted into four Korean patients with macular degeneration... [Read More]

Methylation may mediate mortality

09 February 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball

Our DNA harbours a biological clock that can help predict how long a person will live, research suggests... [Read More]

Readily accessible eye stem cells could be used to treat blindness

06 October 2014 - by Dr Greg Ball

A pool of stem cells found on the surface of the eye can be used to form light-sensitive cells that could one day treat blindness, researchers have reported... [Read More]

STAP cells department faces radical reform

16 June 2014 - by Dr Greg Ball

The controversy surrounding the creation of so-called STAP cells continues with a report recommending the closure of the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology, the institute where the research was carried out... [Read More]

Can stem cells 'mend broken hearts'? Studies raise both hope and doubt

12 May 2014 - by Dr Greg Ball

Two major reviews of clinical trials using stem cells to treat advanced heart disease have found a positive effect of the stem cell treatment, but caution against overstating this effect until more trials are carried out... [Read More]




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