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Christina Burke

Christina Burke 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 the Institute of Child Health (based at University College London and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children). There, her research focuses on new therapies for the treatment of childhood cancers. She originally studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and went on to obtain an MSc in Drug Discovery and Development at UCL's School of Pharmacy. She has also completed placements in HIV research and at the biotechnology company Immunocore, and she has worked at the World Health Organisation's Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat.

BioNews Review articles written by Christina Burke:
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Podcast Review: Genetics Unzipped – Hidden family secrets revealed by genetic testing
9 March 2020 - by Christina Burke
'What is it to be human? What is it to be family?' These are the words of this week's interviewee, Jack Nunn, on The Genetics Society 'Unzipped' podcast: 'Hidden family secrets unveiled by genetic testing'... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Christina Burke:
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Dutch gynaecologist used own sperm to father 17 children
12 October 2020 - by Christina Burke
A gynaecologist fathered at least 17 children after secretly using his own sperm to impregnate fertility patients at a hospital in the Netherlands... [Read More]
Fertility doctor sued for using own sperm in treating patients
21 September 2020 - by Christina Burke
A Californian woman is suing her fertility doctor for using his own sperm in her treatment... [Read More]
Common chromosomal mutations occur in various cancers
7 September 2020 - by Christina Burke
Different cancers go through the same genetic changes during their development, according to new research... [Read More]
Fertility app Premom accused of sharing customer data without consent
24 August 2020 - by Christina Burke
The fertility app Premom has shared data with third-party Chinese companies without user permission, according to the International Digital Accountability Council... [Read More]
Frozen IVF embryos do not increase chance of pregnancy
10 August 2020 - by Christina Burke
The use of frozen rather than fresh embryos in IVF does not increase the chance of a successful pregnancy, newly published data shows... [Read More]
Discovery of a tiny CRISPR protein perfect for human genome editing
27 July 2020 - by Christina Burke
An exceptionally small CRISPR-associated enzyme, which may significantly increase the efficacy of human genome editing, has been discovered by US researchers... [Read More]
HFEA orders all IVF clinics to halt fertility treatment
20 April 2020 - by Christina Burke
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has ordered all ongoing fertility treatment in the UK to stop... [Read More]
Coronavirus may be transmitted in the womb
30 March 2020 - by Christina Burke
New evidence suggests coronavirus transmission from mother-to-baby may be possible in the womb... [Read More]
Fertility clinics asked to suspend treatment due to coronavirus
23 March 2020 - by Christina Burke
New guidance has called for fertility clinics in the UK to minimise treatment amid the coronavirus pandemic... [Read More]
New genetic test could identify 'high risk' bone marrow cancer patients
16 March 2020 - by Christina Burke
A new way of identifying high-risk bone marrow cancer may help predict which patients will have more aggressive disease... [Read More]