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Daniel Jacobson

Daniel Jacobson is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He is studying for a PhD in computational cancer genetics at University College London (UCL), as part of the at UCL/Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. His research focuses on using machine learning and cancer genomics data to identify DNA repair deficiencies, potentially alluding to therapeutic targets in cancer. Previously, he obtained an MSci in Natural Sciences from UCL. He tweets as @DanH_Jacobson _

BioNews Review articles written by Daniel Jacobson:
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Film Review: Mimi
13 September 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
I have recently become obsessed with an intriguing phenomenon known as 'twin films'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Heart and Soul – Creating life after death
5 July 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
It didn't take long after starting to write for BioNews to realise that research into fertility and conception is less about understanding their features or mechanisms, and far more about our undeniable, unassailable right to family... [Read More]
Webinar Review: The Genetics of Addiction
26 April 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
I feel like the majority of my understanding and outlook on addiction has been influenced more by Danny Boyle's Trainspotting than by any scientific research or news story... [Read More]
Event Review: Jewish Genetics Awareness Month – Knowledge is power
1 February 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
Jnetics and Chana shared their first joint event, with leading experts speaking about Jewish genetic disorder carrier screening, fertility advice and the reproductive options available to ensure genetic disorders are not passed onto future children... [Read More]
Film Review: The Art of Waiting
23 November 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
From a purely practical standpoint, IVF is surely a brilliant cinematic device for a film about a relationship. It's an opportunity to explore a whole range of topics – how relationships tolerate the sheer amount of strain, how individuals begin to portray themselves and their partner, how they are treated by their friends and relatives – each bringing with it romance, passion, conflict, and, hopefully, humour and love... [Read More]
Event Review: The Genetics of Mental Health – Episode one
12 October 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
We get a great deal of mileage out of the terms 'nature' and 'nurture', even though thinking about evolution, human beings, and life using these supposedly distinct and mutually exclusive labels is surely a gross simplification... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Mapping Humanity – How modern genetics is changing criminal justice, personalised medicine, and our identities
21 September 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
Facilitating productive discussion between scientists, policymakers, and the public surrounding genetic technologies, and their applications, is more crucial than ever... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Daniel Jacobson:
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Undiagnosed endometriosis affects fertility treatment outcomes
11 October 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
Having undiagnosed endometriosis can lead to a lower chance of having a baby following fertility treatment, compared to women who have endometriosis, but have had it diagnosed before starting treatment.... [Read More]
Selfish genetic elements identified in sperm race
8 March 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
Genes associated with a 'selfish' survival advantage in sperm have been identified, providing evidence of sperm-level natural selection... [Read More]
Developing embryos reveal earliest immune response yet
15 February 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
The earliest signs of an innate immune response have been identified in embryos, shedding light on why some fail to form properly during early development... [Read More]
Probe developed to view human quadruple-stranded DNA
18 January 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
A new method for visualising quadruple-stranded DNA within living cells has been developed, shedding light on its potential functions and interactions... [Read More]
Mechanism identified to keep sperm swimming straight
11 January 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
A molecular mechanism enabling correct sperm motility has been uncovered, shedding light on a key cause of male infertility... [Read More]
IVF to be publicly funded in Québec
16 November 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
Public funding for IVF will become available again for couples in Québec, Canada, struggling to conceive, following its cancellation in 2015... [Read More]
Gene crucial to the regulation of sexual desire in men discovered
21 September 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
A single gene which encodes the enzyme aromatase, is crucial for the regulation of male sexual desire according to research from Northwestern University, Illinois... [Read More]
Irish Court to consider passport application for surrogate-born child
14 September 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs has been challenged in the High Court of Ireland after 'unreasonable delays' in processing a passport application made on behalf of a child born via surrogacy abroad... [Read More]
IVF postcode lottery for breast cancer patients
24 August 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
Breast cancer patients seeking NHS-funded fertility treatment are facing a postcode lottery to access the service... [Read More]
Menopausal woman gives birth following blood plasma injection
17 August 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
A woman in menopause has given birth following an experimental blood procedure, indicating a possible method for re-inducing fertility in menopausal women... [Read More]