The Fertility Show, London, 1-3 November 2019
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Charlotte Spicer

Charlotte Spicer is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at  University College London's Queen Square Institute of Neurology, investigating a gene therapy approach for the rare neurodegenerative disorder spinal bulbar muscular atrophy (also known as Kennedy's disease). Previously, she studied Neuroscience at the University of Leeds, with a year’s industrial experience with the London Pain Consortium at Imperial College London. After this she undertook a PhD in which she investigated the effects of upregulating the heat shock response in models of a rare muscle-wasting disease called inclusion body myositis. This was conducted under the the supervision of Professor Linda Greensmith and funded by the Medical Research Council's Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL.

BioNews Review articles written by Charlotte Spicer:
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Event Review: Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch - DNA Repair
17 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
It’s not often a PhD student finds themselves with a whole hour to break for lunch. So when asked to review one of the Wellcome Trust’s 'Packed Lunch' talks, I jumped at the chance to make better use of some rare free time. The monthly event, situated at the Euston-based Wellcome Collection, promises to feed your curiosity... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Charlotte Spicer:
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Genome-editing shows potential for treating HIV in patient
16 September 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
Chinese scientists have used the genome editing tool CRISPR in an attempt to treat HIV in a patient with blood cancer, for the first time... [Read More]
NHS approves gene-silencing drug for rare hereditary condition
15 July 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
The first RNA-based therapy has been approved for NHS use in England... [Read More]
Cancer gene targets found and ranked using CRISPR
15 April 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
UK scientists have used genome-editing to identify hundreds of potential drug targets for new cancer treatments... [Read More]
Second woman pregnant with genome-edited baby in China
28 January 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
A second pregnancy established with a genome-edited embryo is ongoing, Chinese authorities have confirmed... [Read More]
Study shows genome editing is possible in the kidney
26 November 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer
Scientists have successfully used genome editing in the kidneys of mice for the first time... [Read More]
First in-body genome editing trial appears safe
10 September 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer
Preliminary results from the first clinical trial to use genome editing directly in the body suggest that the technique is safe... [Read More]
Scientists use CRISPR in human sperm cells
9 July 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer
US scientists have successfully delivered CRISPR genome editing components to human sperm cells for the first time... [Read More]
Scientists film brain stem cells dividing into neurons for first time
12 February 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer
Researchers have successfully filmed the division of stem cells in an adult mouse brain, for the first time... [Read More]
Gene therapy hope for haemophilia
11 December 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
Scientists have successfully used gene therapy to prevent bleeding in a small trial of patients with the inherited blood disorder haemophilia B... [Read More]
Gene therapy halts fatal child brain disease
9 October 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
A new gene therapy has halted the progression of a fatal degenerative brain disease in a small study of affected boys... [Read More]