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Dr James Heather

Dr James Heather is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. As an early career post-doctoral researcher in the Innate2Adaptive research group at University College London's Division of Infection and Immunity. His research focused on the effects of viral and bacterial infection on the human T cell repertoire and transcriptome, in order to better understand the pathogenesis and immunology of a number of clinically important diseases. He is currently working on the immune response to cancer, at Massachusetts General Hospital. He writes about T cells and next generation DNA sequencing on his jamimmunology blog, and he tweets as @jamimmunology


BioNews Comment articles written by Dr James Heather:

Obesity findings set precedent for GWAS research

07 September 2015 - by Dr James Heather

Recent findings linking the FTO gene to adipose cell energy use not only revealed a molecular mechanism that contributes to obesity, but they are also an exemplar of how genome-wide association study findings can make the journey to clinical relevance... [Read More]

Risk Assessment: Breast Cancer, Prediction and Screening

12 May 2014 - by Dr James Heather

Doctors, survivors and supporters again converged in a basement lecture theatre in Bloomsbury for the second event in PET's 'Breast Cancer' series. On the cards this night: prediction and screening... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr James Heather:

Podcast Review: Stuff You Should Know - How Personalized Medicine Works

15 February 2016 - by Dr James Heather

The prolific and popular 'Stuff You Should Know' podcast takes us down the pub to talk personalised medicine... [Read More]

Event Review: Genetics and the Prospect of Personalised Medicine for Obesity

10 March 2014 - by Dr James Heather

The media likes to push the idea that the obesity epidemic is fuelled entirely by our increasingly well-fed and sedentary lives, which makes the opportunity to hear solid evidence for the other side of the equation refreshing... [Read More]

Event Review: Darwin Lecture on Science and Medicine

11 November 2013 - by Dr James Heather

The chance to watch a lecture from a Nobel laureate is always exciting. Throw in a couple of scientific societies that clock up over 400 years of history between them, and you can practically feel the prestige dripping from the ceiling... [Read More]

Event review: Genetic Testing in Assisted Reproduction - Selecting, Not Perfecting?

14 October 2013 - by Dr James Heather

We had almost made it through the speakers when it happened, just before the break. It was the last speaker who did it. It was Dr Joyce Harper who said what I'd been waiting for, and dropped the Gattaca bomb... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Dr Ewan Birney

24 June 2013 - by Dr James Heather

Big data, open science, and DNA a-go-go; last week's broadcast of The Life Scientific looked to have it all... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr James Heather:


Synthetic DNA used to make proteins in living cells

04 December 2017 - by Dr James Heather

Two extra letters have been added to the genetic code in bacteria, bringing the number of 'letters' up to six... [Read More]

New approach to tackle breast cancer

24 April 2017 - by Dr James Heather

Researchers have discovered a new approach to slow the rate of breast cancer tumour growth in mice... [Read More]

Stable bacteria created using synthetic DNA

30 January 2017 - by Dr James Heather

Scientists have developed bacteria which can live and grow with DNA containing extra 'letters'... [Read More]

Twelve gene regions linked to human reproductive behaviour

07 November 2016 - by Dr James Heather

Twelve locations in the human genome have been linked with differences in reproductive behaviour... [Read More]

BRCA database now holds data on 6200 variants

06 June 2016 - by Dr James Heather

After one year of existence, the BRCA Share database has released details on its progress in collating information on variants of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes... [Read More]

Genetic test for child cancer patients

04 April 2016 - by Dr James Heather

Hospitals around the UK are going to start examining the DNA of tumour cells from paediatric cancer patients in a pilot study starting later this year... [Read More]

Gene therapy shows promise at treating immunodeficiency

14 December 2015 - by Dr James Heather

Two patients enrolled in a clinical trial of a gene therapy to treat severe congenital immunodeficiency have shown signs of substantial improvement in their condition... [Read More]

Nobel Prize for DNA repair scientists

12 October 2015 - by Dr James Heather

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to scientists who discovered the cellular mechanisms for repairing damaged DNA... [Read More]

Genetic switch directs fat cells to burn energy

24 August 2015 - by Dr James Heather

Researchers have discovered the mechanism that links variations in the so-called 'obesity gene' FTO to weight gain... [Read More]

NHS plans artificial blood trials by 2017

29 June 2015 - by Dr James Heather

The NHS has announced that it plans to begin testing laboratory-produced blood in healthy volunteers by 2017... [Read More]




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