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Eleanor Mackle

Eleanor Mackle is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is studying for a PhD in Medical Physics and Bioengineering at University College London (UCL). Eleanor’s research is currently focused on building ultrasound compatible models of coronary artery structures, with the aim of developing new blood flow sensors for heart surgery. Previously, she studied Natural Sciences at UCL.  
BioNews Review articles written by Eleanor Mackle:
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Podcast Review: Sperm Series – I download an app
1 March 2021 - by Eleanor Mackle
Dating hasn't worked out for Andrea Silenzi, and through running 'The Longest Shortest Time' podcast, she has decided that she is ready to become a single parent. In the first episode of a three-part miniseries, Silenzi explores using an app called 'Just a Baby' to find a sperm donor... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Naked Scientists – Deafness gene identified
19 October 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
After a mere 22 years of study, researchers in the Netherlands have finally pinpointed the genetic cause behind one type of hearing loss. This sounds potentially ground-breaking, so I was excited to learn more about the story in the 'Deafness Gene Identified' podcast, by The Naked Scientists... [Read More]
Podcast Review: SART Fertility Experts – Fibroids and fertility
17 August 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
When I hit play on a new podcast from SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) Fertility Experts, I had very little idea of what fibroids were... [Read More]
Event Review: Is obesity a choice?
25 November 2019 - by Eleanor Mackle
Dr Giles Yeo at the University of Cambridge is on a mission to change the common conception that obesity is a choice... [Read More]
Event Review: Unravelling the Double Helix
12 August 2019 - by Eleanor Mackle
So, you think Watson and Crick discovered DNA? I did too, until I attended a talk by Professor Gareth Williams at the Royal Institution, called 'Unravelling the Double Helix'... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Viking Code – BBC Radio 4
17 December 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
Nearly everyone in modern day Europe is descended from the Vikings: this was the revelation I discovered when listening to a recent episode of BBC Radio 4's 'The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry'... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Eleanor Mackle:
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Human organoid gives insight into neural tube development
28 June 2021 - by Eleanor Mackle
Scientists have developed a way to study processes that are crucial to the formation of the human spinal cord, without the ethical concerns of using human embryos... [Read More]
Machine learning technique detects epigenetic drivers of cancers
17 May 2021 - by Eleanor Mackle
Machine learning has been used to predict whether certain epigenetic changes are likely to lead to cancer... [Read More]
Study estimates cost of uterine transplant
12 April 2021 - by Eleanor Mackle
A human uterus transplant is estimated to have a total cost of €74,564 on average, according to a new study from Sweden... [Read More]
Epigenetic risks during pregnancy reduced with lifestyle intervention
16 November 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
Mothers with obesity and gestational diabetes may be able to reduce the risk of epigenetic changes to their baby's DNA by making dietary and lifestyle changes during pregnancy... [Read More]
Organoids used to study ovarian cancer
1 June 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
Mini versions of mouse reproductive organs have been used to investigate how the most lethal ovarian cancers develop... [Read More]
World's first baby born from new egg freezing technique
24 February 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
A woman whose cancer treatment left her infertile has given birth to a baby boy, through the first successful use of a new egg freezing technique... [Read More]
Direct-to-consumer fertility tests confuse and mislead consumers, study shows
6 January 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
At-home fertility tests are an empowering tool for some women in making decisions about their fertility, but leave others feeling lost and confused, a new US study has found... [Read More]
Loss of crucial protein could explain endometriosis and infertility link
14 January 2019 - by Eleanor Mackle
A protein has been identified as the reason why endometriosis causes infertility, according to a new study... [Read More]
UK surrogates call for immediate transfer of parenthood after birth
7 January 2019 - by Eleanor Mackle
Most surrogates think they should be able to claim reasonable expenses for carrying a child for someone else, a new report from Surrogacy UK has found. They also felt that legal parenthood should rest with the intended parents immediately after birth... [Read More]
Woman sues UK hospital over Huntington's inheritance
3 December 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
A lawsuit brought against a London hospital by a woman whose father's doctors failed to inform her of her risk of Huntington's disease could result in major changes to the laws surrounding patient confidentiality... [Read More]