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Dr Rachael Panizzo

Rachael Panizzo

Dr Rachael Panizzo is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme, and is also a Senior Policy Executive at the British Medical Association. She also writes for publications including openDemocracy, and she participated in the Intelligence Squared debate 'Feminism Has Nothing to Fear from Darwinism'. Previously, she studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Anatomy and Neuroscience. She went on to obtain her PhD at University College London, where she developed magnetic resonance imaging techniques for stem cells. She was formerly Biomedical Sciences Editor at the journal Opticon1826, and she interned in Science Policy at the Institute of Biology (now subsumed into the Society of Biology).


BioNews Review articles written by Dr Rachael Panizzo:

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Sir John Gurdon

04 February 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Shortly after being awarded the 2012 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine, Professor Sir John Gurdon was interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Life Scientific'... [Read More]

Book Review: Bring It On Baby - How to Have a Dudelike Pregnancy

09 July 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

From natural childbirth to infertility, breastfeeding to immunisations, there are few areas of pregnancy and childcare that are free from judgment and well-meaning advice.... [Read More]

TV Review: Health Explained - Epigenetics

16 April 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Epigenetics is a complex subject, so explaining it in just two minutes is a big ask. But that's what the short video clip, 'Health explained: epigenetics', on the BBC website attempts to do. Aimed at a general audience, the video succeeds in giving us a very basic introduction, but doesn't manage to capture what is new and exciting about this field of research... [Read More]

Film Review: Anonymous Father's Day

27 February 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

As a generation of donor-conceived children reach adulthood, Anonymous Father's Day looks at donor conception from the perspective of the children. It follows three donor conceived people who are actively raising awareness of donor conception, and the rights of donor-conceived children... [Read More]

Book Review: What's the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference

21 November 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

The study of genetic diversity between ethnic groups can help explain the ways in which race influences our biology and susceptibility to disease. But what do we mean by 'race', exactly? These issues are considered in the collection of essays 'What's the use of race? Modern governance and the biology of difference', edited by Dr Ian Whitmarsh and Dr David Jones... [Read More]

Book Review: Unnatural - The Heretical Idea of Making People

18 April 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

What does Mary Shelley's Frankenstein have in common with Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner', Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go' and Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'? According to Philip Ball, these are all permutations of the myth of anthropoieia - the artificial creation of human life... [Read More]

Event Review: Unnatural - The Heretical Idea of Making People

14 February 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

The creation of human life through artificial means is often portrayed as an inherently dangerous and unnatural process, where the product of any such attempt is assumed to be somehow inferior and lacking in humanity. This is a recurrent idea that looms over contemporary debate surrounding many scientific advances and technologies in biology, from reproductive cloning to embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, IVF and human genetics.... [Read More]

Book Review: Knock Yourself Up - A Tell-All Guide to Becoming a Single Mom

06 September 2008 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Were it not for the unconventional way she conceived her child, Louise Sloan would otherwise seem like a characteristic New York yummy mummy. Author and magazine editor, she manages to balance her family life with her young toddler with her busy work schedule, with the help of a live-in nanny and flexible working hours. However, single and lesbian, Sloan became pregnant with her son Scott through donor insemination, and her experience of assisted reproductive technology as a single woman is t... [Read More]

Book Review: Defending the Genetic Supermarket - Law and Ethics of Selecting the Next Generation

26 July 2008 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

The philosopher Robert Nozick introduced the idea of a genetic supermarket in 1974, before the first IVF birth and the era of medical genetics. At the genetic supermarket, he imagined, prospective parents could shop for desired traits, and design a child to their particular specifications. In 'Defending the Genetic Supermarket', Colin Gavaghan explores the ethics underlying the use of assisted reproductive technologies, in particular preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), as well as the cur... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Rachael Panizzo:

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Illumina claims the $1,000 genome crown

20 January 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

The $1,000 genome may have arrived, an achievement which would mark a significant milestone in the application of genetic science... [Read More]

Severe childhood asthma gene identified

25 November 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

A gene variant has been discovered and linked to an increased risk of severe childhood asthma. Researchers suggest that a faulty version of the gene CDHR3 may even be the direct cause of the disease in some children... [Read More]

Healthy lifestyle 'reverses' DNA ageing

23 September 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Switching to a healthier lifestyle may reverse the signs of ageing at the genetic level in men with low-risk prostate cancer, a small study has found.... [Read More]

Stem cells given a good nanokicking

22 April 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Human stem cells have been converted into bone cells using a technique called 'nanokicking'... [Read More]

£13 million investment for UK pluripotent stem cell database

12 November 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

The Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council have announced a £12.75 million investment to create a database of induced pluripotent stem) cells.... [Read More]

Formula developed to predict a woman's chances of pregnancy

15 October 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

A mathematical model has been developed that predicts the probability that a couple will become pregnant... [Read More]

Stem cells for lung repair identified and tested in mice

07 November 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Stem cells that are able to regenerate damaged lung tissue have been discovered by scientists. The brochioalveolar stem cells (BASCs), naturally present in the lungs of rodents and humans, are capable of rebuilding alveoli - the small air sacs in lungs... [Read More]

Britain trials embryonic stem cells as treatment for blindness

26 September 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

UK scientists have been granted approval to begin the first clinical trial using embryonic stem cells (ES cells) in Europe, which they hope could lead to an effective treatment for a degenerative eye disease causing blindness... [Read More]

UK Donor Link receives temporary reprieve

19 September 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

UK DonorLink (UKDL) has been offered a further grant from the UK Government while alternative funding options for the service are considered.... [Read More]

Warning over animal-human hybrids

25 July 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Medical research involving animals that contain human material (ACHM) raises new ethical concerns and should be more tightly regulated, warns a new report by the Academy of Medical Sciences.... [Read More]

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