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Dr Amy Strange

Dr Amy Strange was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and a postdoctoral researcher in statistical genetics at the Wellcome Trust's Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. Her research, conducted in the laboratory of Professor Peter Donnelly, focuses on genetic susceptibility to common diseases including psoriasis and schizophrenia. She is also an Ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network and an editor at the Oxford University Biochemical Society's magazine Phenotype, and she has written for the Wellcome Trust Blog. She obtained her PhD from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's John Innes Centre, where she identified natural genetic variation responsible for different flowering times of the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. This involved plant collecting in Sweden, and many hours counting leaves in greenhouses.

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Amy Strange:
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Radio Review: The Reunion - Dolly the Sheep
24 September 2012 - by Dr Amy Strange
In February 1997, sheep 6LL3 made global front page news. Better known as 'Dolly', she was the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell... [Read More]
Book Review: The Embalmer's Book of Recipes
9 July 2012 - by Dr Amy Strange
If you can get past the gruesome eye on the cover, you enter into a world of love, mathematics, farming and death, woven together in Ann Lingard's 'The Embalmer's Book of Recipes'... [Read More]
Event Review: European Union Ban on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Patents - A Threat to Science and the Rule of Law
31 January 2012 - by Dr Amy Strange
The recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) excluding inventions relating to human embryonic stem cells (ES cells) from patentability has sparked a heated debate in the bioscience, ethics and law communities... [Read More]
Book Review: Perfect People
14 November 2011 - by Dr Amy Strange
If you could design your child right down to the smallest detail, what characteristics would you pick? This is the choice that Dr and Mrs Klaesson face in Peter James' latest novel, when they visit Dr Dettore, a renegade scientist who offers couples designer babies... [Read More]
Book Review: Biotechnology and Cloning
1 August 2011 - by Dr Amy Strange
'Biotechnology and Cloning' is part of a series of educational books for teenagers addressing 'contemporary social issues'. It is an unusual concept, being neither a textbook nor a revision guide. It does not directly explain the underlying science, but outlines and encourages the reader to think around the topics.... [Read More]
Book Review: Human Cloning in the Media
23 May 2011 - by Dr Amy Strange
Science's journey from fiction into reality is an adventurous ride. So I began to read 'Human Cloning in the Media', a book about how cloning is making this trip, with high expectations. The book examines 'the making of technoscience, the making (and policing) of an international scientific community and the making of publics who can appropriately engage with this technoscience'... [Read More]
Book Review: Rationality and the Genetic Challenge - Making People Better?
20 December 2010 - by Dr Amy Strange
'Rationality and the Genetic Challenge' addresses the moral issues and ethical debates surrounding recent advances in genetic science... [Read More]