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Beatrice Costa

Beatrice Costa 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 Neurodegenerative Disorders at University College London (UCL)'s Queen Square Institute of Neurology, where she works in Professor John Hardy's team. Her research, which is funded by Alzheimer's Society, lies at the intersection of bioinformatics and experimental biology and explores the role of autophagy in frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Previously, she studied Biology at Maastricht University, where her degree included a placement at UCL studying C9orf72 repeat expansion prevalence in FTD patients.

BioNews Review articles written by Beatrice Costa:
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Podcast Review: CRISPR Stops Rare Genetic Disease in New Human Trial
18 October 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Genome editing is a group of approaches that enable scientists to add, remove or alter selected DNA sequences at particular locations in the genome... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 'Will Cancer Make Me Infertile?' – That cancer conversation
28 June 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Several studies have shown that cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can have temporary or even permanent effects on fertility by damaging the ovaries or testis... [Read More]
Radio Review: Inside Science – Human embryo research and ethics
12 April 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Should research on human embryos be permitted beyond 14 days?... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Beatrice Costa:
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Embryonic stem cells can self-destruct when defective
8 November 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Insight into genetic control of human embryonic stem cells' fate has offered new insight into cancer genetics and could inform future work in regenerative medicine... [Read More]
Cerebral organoids show early signs of dementia
2 August 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
A mutated protein associated with Alzheimer's disease may trigger the death of brain cells known to be vulnerable in frontotemporal dementia... [Read More]
Couple discover embryos were lost by clinic 20 years ago
26 April 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
A couple is pursuing legal action against a hospital after learning that their embryos had been lost by the clinic... [Read More]
New genetic drug target for treatment resistant colorectal cancer
19 April 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
A new potential drug target for treating some types of colorectal cancers has been identified... [Read More]
Gene therapy benefits seen decades after treatment
22 March 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Healthy immune cells are still forming 18 years after blood stem cell transplantation in patients with faulty immune systems, research has found... [Read More]
Hormone 'pulses' that govern fertility are regulated by brain cells
15 March 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
A specific type of brain cell is essential to fertility, Japanese researchers have discovered, suggesting a possible new approach for fertility treatment... [Read More]
Baby infected with COVID-19 in mother's womb
8 March 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
The placenta could mediate mother-to-baby COVID-19 transmission, according to new research... [Read More]
Gene that guides egg points to cause of ectopic pregnancy
1 March 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
The risk of ectopic pregnancy may be influenced by regulation of a specific gene, according to new research... [Read More]
Identification of stem cells vital for hair regeneration
22 February 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
A new method for restoring hair growth, which uses stem cells, has been developed... [Read More]