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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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The role of genomic sequencing in the COVID-19 pandemic
25 January 2021 - by Christina Burke
Monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic has relied heavily on genomic sequencing, but experts warn more needs to be done to control the virus... [Read More]
Genomes of identical twins start to diverge in the womb
11 January 2021 - by Christina Burke
Identical twins may not in fact be genetically identical at birth, according to a new study by researchers in Iceland... [Read More]
Acoustic waves used to select high-quality sperm in IVF
14 December 2020 - by Christina Burke
A new approach which uses sound waves to filter sperm for IVF has been developed by Australian researchers... [Read More]
Protein from a mother's egg stays in the developing embryo
30 November 2020 - by Christina Burke
A maternal protein in the embryo can cause long-lasting impacts on development, Australian researchers have found... [Read More]
Safer, targeted method to deliver CRISPR genome therapy developed
16 November 2020 - by Christina Burke
Light-activated liposomes may deliver CRISPR genome therapy more safely than current methods, researchers have found... [Read More]
Lung stem cell organoids developed to study COVID-19
2 November 2020 - by Christina Burke
Two teams of researchers have successfully grown 3D lung models to study the progression of COVID-19... [Read More]
Powerful new CRISPR approach allows larger genome edits
26 October 2020 - by Christina Burke
Researchers in the US have developed a new CRISPR genome editing approach for making much larger edits to the genome... [Read More]
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]