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Ayala Ochert

Ayala Ochert was previously Science Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She is currently a freelance science journalist, and has written for publications including Nature, New Scientist, Discover, the Independent and the Times Higher Education Supplement. Previously she was Editor of Interactions, the member newspaper of the Institute of Physics. She has also worked as Associate Editor of California Monthly, the alumni magazine of the University of California, Berkeley. She has a diverse range of interests, has written on subjects ranging from anthropology to zoology, and is currently writing a book on the science of breastmilk.

BioNews News articles written by Ayala Ochert:
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Sickle cell reversed with gene therapy in teenager
6 March 2017 - by Ayala Ochert
A teenage boy in France appears to have been cured of sickle cell disease using a gene therapy. He has been free of all signs of the disease for 15 months... [Read More]
Daylight savings time may increase risk of miscarriage after IVF
13 February 2017 - by Ayala Ochert
Miscarriage rates following IVF appear to increase when the clocks go forward in the spring, according to a study... [Read More]
Stem cell treatment restores light sensitivity in blind mice
13 January 2017 - by Ayala Ochert
Scientists have partially reversed blindness in mice using lab-grown retinas made from skin cells... [Read More]
Implanting two embryos could reduce IVF success
9 January 2017 - by Ayala Ochert
Implanting two embryos can reduce IVF success by a quarter if one of the embryos is of poorer quality, new research suggests... [Read More]
Mitochondrial donation technique used in Ukraine, doctors claim
17 October 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
Two women in the Ukraine are pregnant with babies conceived through mitochondrial donation as a treatment for infertility, according to a report in New Scientist... [Read More]
Women's ovaries can grow new eggs, study claims
10 October 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
Scientists say they have evidence that new eggs can grow in adult ovaries, something that had previously been considered impossible... [Read More]
National gene bank opens in China
26 September 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
China has opened a national gene bank that could ultimately be the world's biggest, eventually housing 300 million genetic samples... [Read More]
'Silent' red hair gene increases skin cancer risk
18 July 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
Having a single copy of the 'ginger gene' may increase the risk of skin cancer, even among people who don't have red hair, according to a study... [Read More]
ESHRE 2016: Research highlights
11 July 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
A roundup of research stories from the annual meeting European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology that hit the headlines this week... [Read More]
Olympian Greg Rutherford freezes sperm to avoid Zika
13 June 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
British athlete Greg Rutherford has frozen a sample of his sperm ahead of the Rio Olympics this summer because of concern over the Zika virus... [Read More]