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Chris Chatterton

Chris Chatterton was formerly Genetics Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). He is currently studying for a PhD at Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences where his research, conducted under the auspices of the Economic and Social Research Council's Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, focuses on the social and ethical issues surrounding new medical conditions. Previously, he spent several years working as a research scientist at University College London's Institute of Child Health, at Imperial College London's Faculty of Medicine, and at St Mary's Hospital. In these posts, he worked on a number of projects examining genetic susceptibility to disease, including research on metabolic conditions, infectious diseases, asthma and allergy. He has a undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from King's College London, a postgraduate degree in Genetics, Culture and Society from Lancaster University, and a postgraduate degree in Taxonomy and Biodiversity which he obtained while studying at the Natural History Museum. The latter gave him the opportunity to study insects preserved in amber, but unfortunately he was not allowed to look for dinosaur DNA.

BioNews Comment articles written by Chris Chatterton:
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Progress Educational Trust conference - Having a child: How far should you go?
13 December 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
The ethics of cross-border reproductive care was the topic of the third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Passport to Parenthood: The evidence and ethics behind cross-border reproductive care'. The first speaker, Professor Naomi Pfeffer, was strongly opposed to the international trade in donated eggs. She described the process as a 'rotten trade'... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Chris Chatterton:
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Is Westerners' love of junk food and booze genetic?
18 July 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
Scottish scientists have identified a genetic region that may have a role to play in why humans crave 'fatty foods'. The researchers, from Aberdeen University, identified a DNA region close to the galanin (GAL) gene that helps to regulate the production of this protein... [Read More]
New software successfully identifies rare disease gene
27 June 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
US scientists have been able to identify the gene responsible for an extremely rare X-linked genetic disorder in record time, using new computer software.... [Read More]
Study finds new genes linked to migraine
20 June 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
Scientists have carried out a large genome-wide association study (GWAS) looking into SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) potentially associated with migraine and have discovered three new genes that may be associated with the condition... [Read More]
HFEA publishes multiple birth report
16 May 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
The UK's fertility regulator published a report last Thursday that it says indicates its success at reducing multiple births from fertility treatment by promoting elective single embryo transfer (eSET).... [Read More]
US plans to enrol one million veterans for new DNA bank
9 May 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced in Washington last week that the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a research project that aims to collect DNA, lifestyle and other health data from one million veterans under the care of the VA, was being rolled out nationally from 5 May 2011.... [Read More]
Scottish scientists given funding to continue 'stem cell blood' research
28 March 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
Scientists from Scotland have been awarded an extra £2.5 million from the Scottish Funding Council to continue their work into the development of methods to create red blood cells (RBCs) from stem cells.... [Read More]
British Fertility Society asks members for their views on the future of the HFEA
21 February 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
The British Fertility Society (BFS), an organisation representing professionals with an interest in reproductive medicine, has announced that it will be sending a questionnaire to all its members concerning the imminent demise of the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).... [Read More]
NHS failing to carry out FH screening, says report
31 January 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
An audit of 122 NHS sites across the UK by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has found that screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is very patchy. The report suggests that around 120,000 people have the condition in the UK, but that 85 percent are unaware they have it, which equates to about 100,000 people.... [Read More]
UK Department of Health publishes letter on IVF funding
17 January 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
Over the last few months BioNews has covered the developing story that a number of PCTs across England have suspended their fertility services, citing financial constraints as a prominent factor.... [Read More]
Behaviour nurture not nature, says IVF children study
20 December 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
A long-term study following 1,000 families with children born using IVF between 1994 and 2002 in the UK and US has shown the importance of parenting in the outcome of a child's behaviour... [Read More]