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Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

Shanya Sivakumaran was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh's Medical School and she is interested in medical research, especially in the area of genetics. She has also completed an Intercalated Honours in Epidemiology course, where her dissertation focused on genetic pleiotropy.


BioNews News articles written by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran:

Paralysed man begins recovery after nasal cell transplant

27 October 2014 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

A man who was paralysed from the chest down has begun to walk again, with the use of a frame, following the transplantation of cells into his spinal cord... [Read More]

Womb 'entrance exam' determines whether embryos implant

17 February 2014 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

An 'entrance exam' set by the cells that line the womb can determine whether or not human embryos are able to implant into the womb's lining, according to researchers... [Read More]

Two genes pinpointed as cause of diabetes in babies

13 January 2014 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

Scientists have identified mutations in two genes that cause neonatal diabetes, a rare condition affecting around 1 in 100,000 births... [Read More]

Trial for rare 'black bone disease' wins funding

07 October 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

The Alkaptonuria Society, a UK charity and patient organisation for the rare disease of the same name, has won a £5million grant from the European Commission to help finance clinical trials of a treatment for the condition... [Read More]

Blowing raspberries: year-old fertility study yields belated headlines

02 September 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

Two UK newspapers have proclaimed the fertility-boosting benefits of the raspberry, with NHS Choices branding the claims 'misleading'... [Read More]

Global alliance to boost data-sharing in genetic research

10 June 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

Leading international healthcare, research, funding, and technology organisations will work together in a non-profit alliance to enable large-scale sharing of genetic data... [Read More]

Genetic testing programme for cancer risk launched

28 May 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

A genetic testing programme that will look for nearly 100 cancer risk genes has been launched, in the hope that genetic tests will become routine for cancer patients across the UK.... [Read More]

Francis Crick's Nobel prize and DNA letter sold for millions

15 April 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

The Nobel prize won by Francis Crick, a British scientist, for his part in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, and a handwritten letter recounting this discovery to his 12-year-old son, have been sold for over $8 million this week.... [Read More]

Multimillion-dollar grants for stem cell biobank

25 March 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco, USA, has awarded two multimillion-dollar grants to Cellular Dynamics International in Wisconsin and Coriell Institute for Medical Research in New Jersey to generate and bank iPS cell lines.... [Read More]

Lack of sleep leaves genes a bit squiffy

04 March 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran

Inadequate sleep alters the activity of over 700 genes, scientists report. In the research, sleeping less than six hours per night for just one week impacted genes related to metabolism, inflammation and immunity... [Read More]



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