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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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Neanderthal DNA linked to COVID-19 risk
13 July 2020 - by Charlotte Spicer
A small fragment of genetic code inherited from Neanderthals may increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19... [Read More]
Transgender parents announce birth of baby girl
11 May 2020 - by Charlotte Spicer
A transgender couple have announced the birth of their first child... [Read More]
CRISPR genome editing used directly in patient's eye
9 March 2020 - by Charlotte Spicer
A team of researchers in the US has become the first to use the genome-editing tool CRISPR directly on a person's body... [Read More]
Duchenne gene therapy trial halted after serious reaction
18 November 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
A gene therapy trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has been halted after a patient experienced serious side effects... [Read More]
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]