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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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Alzheimer's risk gene variant protects against age-related memory loss
18 October 2021 - by Christina Burke
A gene variant previously linked to higher Alzheimer's risk may in fact improve short-term memory, researchers have found... [Read More]
Embryo-like structures created out of human stem cells
27 September 2021 - by Christina Burke
A new model of the human embryo made from stem cells has been developed by researchers in the USA... [Read More]
NIFTY non-invasive prenatal test scrutinised over links to Chinese military
13 September 2021 - by Christina Burke
Health regulators in five countries are investigating non-invasive prenatal test NIFTY, over data protection concerns.... [Read More]
Endometriosis-associated gene identified as a potential drug target
31 August 2021 - by Christina Burke
A gene associated with inflammation could serve as a future drug target for endometriosis... [Read More]
Genetic variations give insight into the age women start menopause
9 August 2021 - by Christina Burke
Hundreds of genetic variations may influence the age at which menopause starts, researchers have discovered... [Read More]
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]