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Emma Laycock

Emma Laycock 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 in Stem Cell Biology at University College London's Cancer Institute, modelling how childhood leukaemia develops in utero. Prior to this, she worked as a Journal Development Editor at BioMed Central, responsible for a cluster of biotechnology journals. She originally studied Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick, and her degree included an intercalated year at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control and a summer placement at the National University of Ireland in Galway, studying whooping cough and water contaminants respectively. She tweets as @EmmaVLaycock

BioNews Review articles written by Emma Laycock:
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Podcast Review: CRISPR Updated
27 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Radiolab explores the science, the uses and the ethics of CRISPR in this podcast that was two years in the making... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Emma Laycock:
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Stress during military conflict lowers sperm quality
11 June 2018 - by Emma Laycock
Scientists in Israel have linked prolonged stress during outbreaks of Israeli-Palestinian conflict with lowered sperm quality in Israeli men... [Read More]
Painkillers in pregnancy may affect offspring's fertility
23 April 2018 - by Emma Laycock
Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the future fertility of the fetus, suggests research on human tissue and in mice... [Read More]
Human trophoblast stem cells cultured for first time
29 January 2018 - by Emma Laycock
Scientists in Japan have cultured human trophoblast stem cells, which form the placenta, for the first time... [Read More]
Large volumes of stem cells collected during caesareans
11 December 2017 - by Emma Laycock
An efficient method to collect amniotic fluid rich in stem cells during caesarean sections has been developed by scientists in Sweden... [Read More]
'CRISPR-Gold' repairs muscular dystrophy gene in mouse model
9 October 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Scientists have repaired the faulty gene in a mouse model of muscular dystrophy by using gold nanoparticles to deliver the genome editing tool CRISPR-Cas9... [Read More]
Vitamin C slows leukaemia in mice by tweaking key gene
21 August 2017 - by Emma Laycock
High doses of vitamin C may help fight certain leukaemias by boosting the activity of a particular gene, suggests a new study... [Read More]
High-dose paracetamol changes brains of male fetuses in mice
3 July 2017 - by Emma Laycock
The daily use of paracetamol in pregnant mice affects the brain development and behaviour of male offspring, according to researchers in Denmark... [Read More]
CRISPR genome editing eliminates HIV in mice
8 May 2017 - by Emma Laycock
US scientists have used CRISPR gene-editing to remove HIV DNA from the genomes of living animals, eliminating further infection.
Older eggs less fertile due to poor cell division
10 April 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Researchers in Canada have found that age-related infertility may be due to older eggs dividing poorly, leading to errors in chromosome number... [Read More]
Stem cells used to treat erectile dysfunction
3 April 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Men with erectile dysfunction following prostate surgery were able to have intercourse again after receiving an experimental stem cell therapy using cells taken from their own abdomen, a Danish study has shown... [Read More]