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Hannah Somers

Hannah Somers is a volunteer writer at BioNews. She is currently studying for a PhD in Molecular Microbiology, in the laboratory of Professor Liz Sockett at Nottingham University. She researches the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, working towards understanding how this organism invades other bacterial species and characterising some of its genes. She previously studied Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and has worked in education. She tweets as @therealmamabear
BioNews News articles written by Hannah Somers:
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Sleep loss results in epigenetic changes linked to weight gain
3 September 2018 - by Hannah Somers
A single night's sleep disturbance causes epigenetic changes in fat and muscle tissue, a new report has found... [Read More]
Huntington's protein is 'super assassin' for cancer cells
19 February 2018 - by Hannah Somers
Researchers have discovered that the protein responsible for the development of Huntington's disease is highly toxic to cancer cells... [Read More]
BRCA gene does not affect survival in those treated for breast cancer
15 January 2018 - by Hannah Somers
A new study has found that BRCA gene mutations do not affect the survival rates of breast cancer patients under 40... [Read More]
Gene test could improve prediction of breast cancer risk
16 October 2017 - by Hannah Somers
A new genetic test to accurately predict an individual's risk of developing breast cancer will soon be rolled out at two hospital clinics in Manchester... [Read More]
DNA blood test could lead to early cancer detection
12 June 2017 - by Hannah Somers
A highly-sensitive DNA blood test could help detect cancer years before tumours are detected... [Read More]
BRCA testing not offered to enough high-risk patients
13 February 2017 - by Hannah Somers
A study has indicated that US doctors may not be recommending genetic testing to a sufficient number of high-risk breast cancer patients... [Read More]
Obesity gene is no barrier to weight loss
26 September 2016 - by Hannah Somers
People carrying a gene variant linked to weight gain can benefit from weight-loss programmes just as much as those without it, research from Newcastle University has shown... [Read More]
Quick and cheap DNA tests for ovarian cancer patients 'would save lives'
18 July 2016 - by Hannah Somers
Researchers have developed a new pathway for genetically testing ovarian cancer patients which they say will save both lives and money... [Read More]
Five new risk genes unearthed in breast cancer DNA trawl
9 May 2016 - by Hannah Somers
What researchers claim as the largest-ever whole-genome sequencing study in breast cancer has revealed five previously unidentified genes which drive the development of the disease... [Read More]
DNA blood test could detect multiple diseases
21 March 2016 - by Hannah Somers
Scientists say they have been able to detect multiple diseases, including pancreatic cancer, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, by analysing fragments of DNA in the bloodstream... [Read More]