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Catherine Heffner

Catherine Heffner 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 at University College London, where she hopes to research fundamental mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. Previously, she studied for her Masters degree in Biotechnology at Columbia University in New York, and conducted research at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Ageing Brain. She originally studied Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the University of Exeter, where she co-founded the Science and Technology section of the student newspaper Exeposé and went on to serve as the magazine's print editor.

BioNews Review articles written by Catherine Heffner:
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Video Review: 'Engaging the Public with Genome Editing' series, Biochemical Society
7 May 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
'So, forgive my ignorance, but… what do you actually do every day?' As a scientist, this is a question I get asked all too frequently by friends and family. The separation between the scientific community and the wider public is seemingly ever growing... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Catherine Heffner:
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WiFi devices affect sperm, suggests study
7 May 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
A small study by researchers in Japan has indicated that exposure to WiFi may have detrimental effects on sperm function... [Read More]
First baby born in mitochondrial donation for infertility trial
15 April 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
A baby conceived via IVF using genetic information from three people has been born to a mother not affected by mitochondrial disease... [Read More]
Transgender fertility rights case against NHS dropped
8 April 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
A legal dispute over access to NHS fertility services for transgender people has been resolved after new guidelines were issued... [Read More]
Woman with rare genes feels no pain
1 April 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
Two rare gene variants have been discovered in a Scottish woman who lives a virtually pain-free life... [Read More]
Virtual sperm suggest that strong tails may be key for IVF
25 March 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
Stronger tails help human sperm in their race to fertilise eggs, mathematical modelling suggests... [Read More]
Infertility in women linked to greater cancer risk
18 March 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
A woman's risk of developing cancer is up to one fifth higher for those with fertility issues compared with those without these problems, according to new research... [Read More]
DNA damage in neurons repaired during sleep
11 March 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
Sleep has an important role in allowing DNA in brain cells to repair, suggests a new study that also links higher chromosome activity at night to DNA repair... [Read More]