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Dr Barbara Kramarz

Dr Barbara Kramarz is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She studied Biotechnology at the University of Surrey and completed a PhD at UCL's Institute of Ophthalmology.

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Barbara Kramarz:
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Podcast Review: #GenomicsConversation 2021 – It's complicated! or is it?
27 September 2021 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
'It's Complicated! Or is it?' – this is the notion that Dr Michelle Bishop, Amelia McPherson and Dr Ed Miller from the Genomic Education Programme team, a part of Health Education England, are aiming to challenge in this podcast... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Pimp My Genome – The wonderful world of epigenetics
5 October 2020 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Although we have known of the interactions of nature and nurture for decades, the term 'epigenetics' has only recently been taken up by scientists and the wider public to refer to these phenomena... [Read More]
Event Review: Human Genetic Determinants of COVID-19 Susceptibility and Severity
7 September 2020 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
While the world is gradually heading towards a new form of normality, the biomedical research communities continue to work hard and fast in order to improve our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 and our ability to protect humanity from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Gene Gap - Can we trust science to police itself?
6 April 2020 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
The perception of science and its potential benefits for medical progress varies greatly within society, and depends on someone's ethnic or cultural background, as well as their level of scientific knowledge and understanding... [Read More]
Radio Review: HIV protective Gene Paper Retraction
21 October 2019 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
There are numerous reasons why the story of two baby girls, who had been genetically engineered as embryos and consequently equipped with an HIV protective gene variant, startled researchers and the public around the world... [Read More]
Book Review: Gene Machine - The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
18 February 2019 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
It was early October 2009. 'The prize for chemistry was to be announced on Wednesday. The chemistry prize often alternates between the hard-core chemists and the more biological chemists…
Radio Review: Rewinding the Menopause
10 August 2015 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
In this Radio 4 programme, Dr Aarathi Prasad investigates new research that is overturning decades-old assumptions about how human eggs are produced and what causes the menopause... [Read More]
Event Review: The Compatibility Gene
31 March 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Professor Daniel Davis began his lecture at the Royal Institution by introducing 'the compatibility genes', the DNA components that vary the most from person to person. Unlike many of us would expect, these genes are not responsible for features such as skin or hair colour. This engaging lecture tells their story.... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Barbara Kramarz:
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US newborn genomic sequencing trial publishes first findings
7 January 2019 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A whole-genome sequencing trial for newborns in the US has published its initial results, detecting a genetic childhood-onset condition in almost 10 percent of babies... [Read More]
Genetic link between obesity and loneliness discovered
9 July 2018 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A total of 15 genetic loci linked to loneliness have been discovered in a new study, as well as an association between obesity and a person's risk of loneliness and depression... [Read More]
Mutation that stops heavy drinkers getting cirrhosis discovered
26 March 2018 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A genetic mutation that gives protection from liver cirrhosis, even for heavy drinkers, has been found... [Read More]
New prenatal DNA test for Down's syndrome is more accurate and cheaper
13 November 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A new prenatal screening method for Down's syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndromes is safer, more reliable and cheaper than existing approaches, a study has found... [Read More]
Financial stress and circadian gene linked to migraine
11 September 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
People with specific variants of a body clock gene are more likely than others to develop migraines under financial hardship... [Read More]
Liver gene variants give 'sweet tooth'
8 May 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have shown that a genetic variant in a liver protein increases a person's preference for sweet food.
Zika shrinks mice testicles and lowers fertility
27 February 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
The Zika virus reduces the size of testes in infected mice up to 21 days after infection, according to a recent study... [Read More]
Zika virus damages mouse testes and sperm
7 November 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Zika virus causes permanent damage to the testes of male mice, reducing sperm count and sex hormone levels, according to a study... [Read More]
Exome project reveals 3230 disease genes
22 August 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
More than 3230 genes with the propensity to cause disease have been identified in an analysis of the largest exome dataset yet... [Read More]
Frozen embryos increase pregnancy success for mothers with PCOS
15 August 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome who undergo IVF using frozen embryos are more likely to have successful pregnancies than those using fresh embryos, a study suggests... [Read More]