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Helen Robertson

Helen Robertson is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is currently studying for a PhD in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology at University College London (UCL). Her research, conducted in the laboratory of Professor Max Telford, focuses on the evolutionary history and genetics of a group of enigmatic marine worms - the Xenacoelomorpha. Previously, she obtained an MSci in Biological Sciences from UCL. She is a keen long-distance runner, and is currently training for the London Marathon.

 


BioNews Review articles written by Helen Robertson:

Event Review: My Cancer, My DNA - can genomics change the way we treat cancer?

21 March 2016 - by Helen Robertson

'Personalised medicine' is a term that's being increasingly used to describe the future of cancer treatment. But are we ready for the genomics revolution that comes with it?... [Read More]


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New gene silencing method discovered

24 July 2017 - by Helen Robertson

US scientists have identified a new mechanism by which genes are silenced, or 'imprinted' during early embryonic development... [Read More]

Three mutations could make bird flu more infectious to humans

19 June 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists have identified three potential genetic mutations that could allow a dangerous strain of avian influenza to spread between humans... [Read More]

Men and women express 6500 genes differently

08 May 2017 - by Helen Robertson

At least 6500 genes are expressed at different levels in male or female body tissues, finds a new study... [Read More]

Method behind first successful mitochondrial replacement therapy revealed

03 April 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Details of the world's first successful use of mitochondrial replacement therapy in IVF have been published... [Read More]

Shift work and manual labour lower women's fertility

13 February 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Women who have physically demanding jobs or non-daytime working hours may experience decreased fertility, according to a study... [Read More]

Autism link to mutations in mitochondria

07 November 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Children with autism spectrum disorder have twice as many harmful mutations in their mitochondrial DNA as their siblings, a study has found... [Read More]

CRISPR used to investigate non-coding regions of the genome

03 October 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Two teams of researchers have used CRISPR genome editing technology to identify 'non-coding' regions of the genome for the first time... [Read More]

IVF culture media affects embryos and babies

30 August 2016 - by Helen Robertson

A study comparing two common IVF media used by fertility clinics has found different outcomes in implantation success rates and birth weight... [Read More]

Crowd-sourced DNA links depression to 17 genes

08 August 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists have identified 17 genetic variants that appear to be linked to depression in individuals with European ancestry... [Read More]

Osteoporosis drug touted as potential 'BRCA-blocker'

27 June 2016 - by Helen Robertson

A drug currently used to treat osteoporosis in old age may help prevent breast cancer in women with a genetic predisposition for the disease... [Read More]

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