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Alice Plein

Alice Plein 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 in Cardiovascular Development at University College London's Institute of Ophthalmology, under the auspices of a Research Grant from the British Heart Foundation. Her research, conducted in the laboratory of Professor Christiana Ruhrberg, focuses on the formation of the heart and the interaction of different cell types during the formation of the aorta and the pulmonary artery. Previously she studied Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge - incorporating a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology - where she studied neural development in the zebrafish.


BioNews Review articles written by Alice Plein:
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Film Review: Breeders - A Subclass Of Women?
28 July 2014 - by Alice Plein
‘Breeders- A subclass of women?‘ provides both thought-provoking and uncomfortable moments but ultimately fails to convince as an anti-surrogacy polemic... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Alice Plein:
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Mental health risk for children born to parents with fertility problems is 'real but modest'
7 July 2014 - by Alice Plein
Children born to parents with fertility problems are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, a large-scale population study suggests.... [Read More]
Biotech vows to 'defend women's rights' by contesting Myriad lawsuit
23 June 2014 - by Alice Plein
Pathway Genomics, a biotech company based in San Diego, announced it will 'vigorously defend itself' against a patent infringement suit filed by Myriad Genetics and others... [Read More]
Light-sensing retina created using stem cells
16 June 2014 - by Alice Plein
In a research first, a section of light-sensing tissue, closely resembling the human retina, has been grown in the laboratory from human stem cells... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement likely to be safe but more research needed, says report
9 June 2014 - by Alice Plein
Two experimental IVF techniques that could prevent certain types of incurable genetic disease are 'not unsafe', a report from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found.... [Read More]
'Fat gene' linked to adult obesity and impulsive eating
2 June 2014 - by Alice Plein
A common genetic mutation linked to childhood obesity also increases the likelihood of becoming overweight in adulthood, scientists have discovered. They found the genetic variation also increases impulsive eating as well as a person's appetite for fatty foods... [Read More]
Placenta not sterile, bacteria gene study shows
28 May 2014 - by Alice Plein
The placenta, which was long believed to be a sterile environment, is home to a community of microbes similar to those found in the mouth, researchers have discovered... [Read More]
Human stem cells reverse multiple sclerosis in mice
19 May 2014 - by Alice Plein
Mice with a viral form of multiple sclerosis are able to walk again after receiving a transplant of human stem cells, scientists report... [Read More]