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Dr 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 Dr Hannah Somers:
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Chemotherapy infertility risk more likely discussed with female patients
27 July 2020 - by Dr Hannah Somers
Clinicians are more likely to discuss reproductive risks associated with chemotherapy with female patients than with male patients, according to a new study of American patients... [Read More]
Fertility clinics charge up to £400 for coronavirus tests
22 June 2020 - by Dr Hannah Somers
Private fertility clinics are charging up to £400 for prospective couples to take coronavirus tests, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has learned... [Read More]
Stem cells make human hair grow on mice
8 June 2020 - by Dr Hannah Somers
Scientists in the USA have developed a system to induce hair growth on skin-like structures grafted on to mice... [Read More]
Retinal gene therapy trial shows positive result
2 March 2020 - by Dr Hannah Somers
A clinical trial using gene therapy for treating a common cause of genetic blindness published positive results in Nature Medicine... [Read More]
Sleep loss results in epigenetic changes linked to weight gain
3 September 2018 - by Dr 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 Dr 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 Dr 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 Dr 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 Dr 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 Dr 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]