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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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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]
Ten year storage of eggs, sperm and embryos may be extended
17 February 2020 - by Christina Burke
The UK government has launched a public consultation on whether to change the ten-year storage limit on frozen eggs, sperm, and embryos... [Read More]
CRISPR-edited cells for cancer treatment appear safe
10 February 2020 - by Christina Burke
Results published from a pioneering clinical trial in the USA have confirmed for the first time that treatment with genome-edited cells appears safe... [Read More]
DNA sequencing used to combat coronavirus
3 February 2020 - by Christina Burke
Next-generation DNA sequencing is helping to rapidly identify and characterise the coronavirus at the centre of the recent outbreak... [Read More]
RNA discovery changes our understanding of gene expression
27 January 2020 - by Christina Burke
Researchers have discovered a new mechanism of DNA transcription regulation, controlled by specialised subtypes of RNA molecules... [Read More]