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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

James Brooks
Science Editor

James Brooks

James Brooks is Science Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). Together with his fellow BioNews editors Antony Blackburn-Starza and Siobhan Chan, and PET's Founding Chair of Trustees Professor Marcus Pembrey, he runs the BioNews writing scheme which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students. He is also a freelance journalist specialising in science and health and he has written for the Guardian newspaper and the British Medical Journal, as well as working at Executive Grapevine as a reporter for Grapevine magazine.

Previously, James studied Pharmacology at King's College London and went on to obtain an MA in Science Journalism from City University London, where he received a Commendation for 'Most Creative Graduate'. He took an extramural year at the Institut Gustave-Roussy, one of the world's leading cancer research institutes and the biggest health centre dedicated to oncology in Europe, where his research focused on DNA topoisomerases. He also spent seven years in Paris working at Euromedica and CTPartners, as a headhunter for the pharmaceutical industry. He has a particular interest in neuroscience and psychiatry.


BioNews Comment articles written by James Brooks:

Unbroken news: non-invasive prenatal testing

07 May 2013 - by James Brooks

I know what they say about yesterday's news and today's fish and chip paper but what I'm about to tell you is six months old and still a little way off as a headline... [Read More]

Podcast: Being - The Donor-Conceived Perspective

22 April 2013 - by James Brooks

A podcast produced as part of the When It Takes More Than Two project organised by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]

Phenome-nal! Science PR goes for gold

28 August 2012 - by James Brooks

I'll brook no cynicism, the Olympics was the finest example of what makes Britain great. Which is to say: marketing, PR and all-around hype... [Read More]

Genetic pseudoscience races to the bottom

26 March 2012 - by James Brooks

Newspapers overhype mediocre science all the time. You know this, I know this. But all the same a story in the Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago managed to hit a new low for uncritical reporting... [Read More]

Progress Educational Trust conference: Making the grade

12 December 2011 - by James Brooks

The third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'The Best Possible Start in Life: The Robust and Responsive Embryo' boasted a redoubtable roll-call of eminent clinicians and researchers as speakers. This being the case, I couldn't help wondering if the decision to limit such luminaries to ten minutes apiece was a wise one... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by James Brooks:

Film Review: Fonzy

10 February 2014 - by James Brooks

Fonzy doesn't so much apply the formula of sperm-donor comedy 'Starbuck' as drop it like a concrete slab on an entirely different cultural context... [Read More]

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Obesity linked to genetic variation in carbohydrate digestion

07 April 2014 - by James Brooks

Obesity might not simply be a matter of overeating or heightened appetite but at least partially down to how we metabolise food, a study says... [Read More]

Stem cells grown from adult tissue in live mice

16 September 2013 - by James Brooks

For the first time living tissue in mice has been induced into an embryonic state without any intervening preparation in the lab... [Read More]

DNA sequencing has TB in its sights

16 September 2013 - by James Brooks

Scientists have shown how to map tuberculosis outbreaks using DNA sequencing, an advance that could lead to quicker, more effective responses to the potentially lethal bug... [Read More]

Rare disease treatments risk being 'entirely out of patients' reach', says MPs report

09 September 2013 - by James Brooks

A parliamentary report has recommended a ring-fenced fund to ensure access to 'low volume, high cost' treatments for rare diseases... [Read More]

Genetics gets to root of redhead skin cancer risk

27 August 2013 - by James Brooks

The genetic mutation responsible for red hair leaves DNA in skin cells more prone to sun damage and cancer, scientists report... [Read More]

Pair of genes linked to severe childhood epilepsy

19 August 2013 - by James Brooks

Two genetic variants have been pinpointed by researchers as causing two of the most severe forms of childhood epilepsy... [Read More]

Tiny human livers grown from stem cells functional in mice

08 July 2013 - by James Brooks

Stem cells generated from adult cells have been used to grow tiny 'liver buds' which were then successfully transplanted into mice... [Read More]

Maternal blood test for Down's syndrome has 'major advantages'

10 June 2013 - by James Brooks

A test using only a blood sample taken from a pregnant woman is more reliable than current checks in indicating the likelihood of Down's syndrome, say researchers... [Read More]

BRCA gene carrier has prostate removed

28 May 2013 - by James Brooks

A British man has had his prostate removed after testing positive for a mutation in the BRCA2 gene known to greatly increase the risk of cancer. The operation is thought to be the first prostatectomy performed due to an assessment of genetic risk... [Read More]

Prostate cancer gene study should change treatment approach, say scientists

15 April 2013 - by James Brooks

Prostate cancer patients who have inherited a well-known gene mutation are more likely to develop an aggressive form of the disease, a study shows... [Read More]

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