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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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China's BGI Group is using its prenatal test to harvest gene data, claims report
12 July 2021 - by Christina Burke
Genetic data from millions of prenatal blood samples are being used for population research by China, claims Reuters... [Read More]
Potential new approach identified for treating BRCA-related cancers
21 June 2021 - by Christina Burke
A new class of drug could effectively treat types of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer... [Read More]
UK's success rate for IVF has increased
1 June 2021 - by Christina Burke
More single women and same-sex couples are opting for IVF as the success rate continues to improve, according to new data from the UK regulator... [Read More]
CRISPR genome editing corrects a Duchenne muscular dystrophy deletion mutation in mice
4 May 2021 - by Christina Burke
Two genome editing approaches can correct a variety of mutations associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, researchers have shown... [Read More]
Genome editing 'toolkit' to speed up gene therapy development
12 April 2021 - by Christina Burke
A genome editing consortium funded by the US National Institutes of Health has unveiled plans to develop a new genome editing 'toolkit' to accelerate the development of gene therapies... [Read More]
Stem cells form human tissue that behave like early-stage embryos
22 March 2021 - by Christina Burke
For the first time, researchers have successfully developed models of early-stage human embryos using stem cells... [Read More]
Infertility risk linked to air pollution
22 February 2021 - by Christina Burke
High pollution levels can increase the risk of infertility by up to 20 percent, a study in China has found... [Read More]
Targeting a specific protein halts tumour growth
8 February 2021 - by Christina Burke
Disrupting a specific protein interaction causes tumours to shrink, researchers in the US have found... [Read More]
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]