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Victoria Burchell

Victoria Burchell

Victoria Burchell is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is currently studying for a PhD at University College London (UCL)'s Institute of Neurology, where her research focuses on the cellular mechanisms underlying familial forms of Parkinson's disease. Previously she studied at the University of Cambridge, and went on to work as a research scientist at Pfizer.


BioNews Review articles written by Victoria Burchell:

Film Review: Maximising the Health Benefits of Genetics and Genomics - An Introduction

28 May 2012 - by Victoria Burchell

As a promotional tool to advertise the research funded by the Wellcome Trust, this short film aims both to enthuse and to inform. In both respects it's relatively successful, combining clear and engaging explanations of two projects with smart graphics and shots of impressive-looking equipment. Unfortunately, a slow and rather confusing start may discourage some viewers from reaching the main messages, all of which are in the second half... [Read More]

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Experts back maternal blood test for Down's syndrome

10 March 2014 - by Victoria Burchell

A test using a simple blood sample from the expectant mother should soon be the primary screening method for Down's syndrome, according to a report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)... [Read More]

Non-IVF fertility treatments mean multiple births stay high in USA

09 December 2013 - by Victoria Burchell

A high level of twin, triplet and other multiple births in the USA may be down to a rise in fertility treatments like ovarian stimulation being used independently of IVF... [Read More]

Gene variant explains statin side effects for some

02 September 2013 - by Victoria Burchell

A variant of a gene involved in energy storage in muscles may be linked to problems experienced by some users of the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins... [Read More]

Risk of birth defects from cousin marriage revealed by Bradford study

08 July 2013 - by Victoria Burchell

Marriage between first cousins could double the risk of any offspring having a birth defect, researchers say... [Read More]

Twenty-five genetic variants for autism discovered

21 January 2013 - by Victoria Burchell

Rare genetic variants may have a significant impact on a person's risk of developing autism, research suggests... [Read More]

Genetic test developed to predict the risk of autism

17 September 2012 - by Victoria Burchell

A genetic test capable of predicting a person's risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), with an accuracy greater than 70 percent, has been developed by researchers... [Read More]

One woman's campaign: spousal consent for sperm donation

03 September 2012 - by Victoria Burchell

A woman has called for legal changes to prevent a man from donating his sperm without his wife's consent.... [Read More]

UK surgeons launch womb transplant charity

16 July 2012 - by Victoria Burchell

A charity has been launched to raise money for research that could allow the first womb transplants in the UK... [Read More]

Single genetic tweak allows scientists to transform skin cells into brain cells

11 June 2012 - by Victoria Burchell

Skin cells have been transformed into working brain cells thanks to the introduction of a single gene. Previous studies used several genetic factors and chemicals to perform the same feat but scientists in the USA report that just one gene, Sox2, is sufficient... [Read More]

Largest ever release of child cancer genome data boosts research

06 June 2012 - by Victoria Burchell

A wealth of whole genome data – or the entire genetic codes – from children with cancer has been released by scientists in the US. The researchers claim the database more than doubles the volume of highly detailed, whole genome data available worldwide... [Read More]

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