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Claire Downes

Claire Downes was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She also works in Research and Development Quality for a generic pharmaceutical company, and has worked in clinical trial drug safety as a pharmacovigilance associate. She originally studied Psychology and Information Technology at the National University of Ireland in Galway, where she went on to obtain an MSc in Neuorpharmacology. She has a particular interest in developmental and biological psychology, and in neurological disorders and interventions.

BioNews News articles written by Claire Downes:
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AstraZeneca commits to CRISPR gene-editing collaboration
2 February 2015 - by Claire Downes
AstraZeneca has joined up with academic and industrial research partners to use CRISPR, a new and much-hyped gene-editing technology in their quest for new medicines.... [Read More]
Epigenetic changes linked to Alzheimer's
26 August 2014 - by Claire Downes
Researchers have identified a connection between DNA methylation and Alzheimer's disease, gaining a further understanding into the underlying causes of this neurodegenerative condition.... [Read More]
'Humanised' lungs for transplant patients to be grown in pigs
12 May 2014 - by Claire Downes
The shortage of transplantable lungs available for people with end-stage lung disease is being addressed in a new project led by genome scientist Dr Craig Venter... [Read More]
Pain sensitivity genes can be switched on or off depending on environment
10 February 2014 - by Claire Downes
Lifestyle and environmental factors can alter sensitivity to pain by switching certain genes on or off, according to research from King’s College London... [Read More]
Genetic link to morbid obesity
25 November 2013 - by Claire Downes
A single gene linked to morbid obesity in a family in Israel also causes obesity and diabetes when deleted in mice... [Read More]
Stem cell 'seeding' could improve reconstructive surgery
30 September 2013 - by Claire Downes
Transplanting people's own stem cells along with their fat could mean more stable transplants in reconstructive breast surgery, a small preliminary trial suggests... [Read More]