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Dr Jay Stone

Dr Jay Stone was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme, and is now Press and Public Enquiries Officer at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She obtained her PhD at University College London's Institute of Ophthalmology, where she researched gene abnormalities in retinal vascular angiogenesis as part of the Graduate Programme of the Medical Research Council's Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. She has also written for the journals Opticon1826 and Prometheus, and for the British Society of Cell Biology. She has collaborated with designer Berit Greinke on the project The Good, the Bad and the Negative, which was exhibited at the Science Museum's Dana Centre and went on to receive the NOBELini award. Previously, she studied Molecular Medicine at the University of Sussex and interned at Sense About Science. Her BioNews article 'First saviour sibling stem cell transplant performed in UK' is reproduced in Biotechnology and Cloning (buy this book from Amazon UK). She tweets as @JS_tone


BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Jay Stone:

Keeping libel laws out of science - fighting for our right to debate

22 February 2010 - by Dr Jay Stone

During my endeavours to explore science communication, I came across a UK charity called 'Sense about Science' (SAS), a non-profit charity trust that work with over 2000 scientists and civic groups to respond to misrepresentations of science in the public domain. SAS believes in good science communication and in promoting public understanding of science to prevent panic and confusion. The topical publications it produces - such as 'Making sense of GM' - are easy to read and appeal to all leve... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Jay Stone:


Genetic mystery solved as the first Briton has their whole genome sequenced

08 August 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

Four-year-old Katie Warner from Oxford has become the first person in Britain to have her whole genome sequenced in order to locate the mutation that causes her skull abnormality... [Read More]

Do healthy gums improve your chances of being a mum?

11 July 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

Women with poor oral health take on average two months longer to conceive than those with healthy gums, Australian scientists have shown.... [Read More]

Genetic test for sports ability raises concerns in US

31 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

A US company has launched a mail order genetic test that claims to provide 'athletes and parents of young sports competitors' with information about the user's athletic strengths, what type of training will be most beneficial, and potential injury risks... [Read More]

Genetic test may help to predict treatment success in breast cancer

16 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

US scientists have designed a genetic test which could predict how a patient with breast cancer responds to chemotherapy. Researchers say the test, which works for those with certain newly diagnosed forms of cancer, could help women avoid unnecessary chemotherapy.... [Read More]

Genes linked to coffee drinking

03 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

US researchers have identified two genes that could explain why some of us are tempted to reach for those caffeine-packed drinks... [Read More]

Study shows that 'identical twins' are not genetically identical

04 April 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

Scientists from the University of Western Ontario have found that identical twins may not be as identical as we first thought.... [Read More]

New gene treatment for breast cancer developed

07 March 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

Scientists at Queen's University, Belfast, have developed a new targeted gene therapy for the treatment of breast cancer.... [Read More]

Study finds genetic commonality between Celiac disease and Crohn's disease

31 January 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

An international team of scientists has discovered that people with celiac disease and Crohn's disease share a number of common genetic loci. The researchers carried out a combined meta-analysis of genome-wide association study (GWAS) data from two large studies, one on each condition, and identified four 'risk loci' in common... [Read More]

First 'saviour sibling' stem cell transplant performed in UK

10 January 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone

A life-saving tissue transplant from a 'saviour sibling' has been carried out entirely in Britain for the first time.... [Read More]

Study finds genetic links to endometriosis

20 December 2010 - by Dr Jay Stone

An international team of scientists have identified new genetic variants that may help in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.... [Read More]




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