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Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc

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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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]

Mouse study raises debate over embryo viability testing

04 April 2016 - by Helen Robertson

The presence of genetic abnormalities in cells taken from the placenta at the early stages of pregnancy does not necessarily mean that a baby will be born with a genetic disorder, a study in mice suggests.... [Read More]

First genetic link to grey hair found

07 March 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Research has identified a genetic variant involved in causing grey hair during the ageing process... [Read More]

Lab-made sperm used to breed healthy mice

29 February 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists in China have used stem cells to create rudimentary sperm that successfully fertilised mouse eggs to produce healthy offspring... [Read More]

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