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Heidi Colleran

Heidi Colleran was previously 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 Evolutionary Anthropology at University College London (UCL), where she previously obtained an MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour and an MRes in Anthropology. Previously, she studied Philosophy and Russian at Trinity College Dublin, and went on to complete the Graduate Conversion Programme in Psychology at London Metropolitan University.

BioNews Review articles written by Heidi Colleran:
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Book Review: Avoid Boring People and Other Lessons from a Life in Science
11 May 2012 - by Heidi Colleran
'Don't use autobiography to justify past actions or motivations', says James Watson, famed for his part in the discovery of the structure of DNA, in the book he wrote about his life as a scientist... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Heidi Colleran:
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Major gene therapy trial for cystic fibrosis given go-ahead
19 March 2012 - by Heidi Colleran
The largest trial for a gene therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF) will begin in the UK this month. Coordinated by the UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium (GTC), 130 patients will be recruited and given working copies of the defective gene that leads to their condition... [Read More]
Common cancer gene may change chromosome numbers
22 August 2011 - by Heidi Colleran
Two US studies published this week have shed light on how a gene mutation can change the number of chromosomes present in the cells of more than 90 percent of cancers... [Read More]
Genomic studies focus too heavily on Europeans
25 July 2011 - by Heidi Colleran
Ethnic and racial minorities are in danger of missing out on future medical advances - based on genetic research - because they are under-represented in basic studies, says a review published in Nature Genetics by a team of geneticists from Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco... [Read More]
UK team tracks evolution of MRSA
25 January 2010 - by Heidi Colleran
For the first time, a Cambridge-led team of scientists has succeeded in tracking the evolution and transmission of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) across the world, offering the possibility of affordable tests to identify and block fatal superbugs before they spread. The breakthrough, led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK, and published in the journal Science, means that researchers and public health officials may be better able to... [Read More]
UK scientists discover 'pacemaker' gene variant
18 January 2010 - by Heidi Colleran
UK researchers have discovered a gene variant that regulates the rhythm of the heart, raising the prospect of new treatments for avoiding heart attacks and heart disease. The finding, by a team led by Imperial College London (ICL), and published in the journal Nature Genetics, may also help doctors to better understand why some patients are more susceptible to heart problems than others.... [Read More]
Embryo culture pioneer Denis New dies, aged 80
10 January 2010 - by Heidi Colleran
Distinguished embryologist Denis New, who developed seminal techniques for embryo culture, has died at the age of 80, reports The Guardian newspaper.... [Read More]
Hormonal 'on/off switch' may lead to male 'pill' and infertility cure
7 December 2009 - by Heidi Colleran
A team of scientists has taken male fertility research a major step forward, with the discovery of how androgenic hormones regulate the production of sperm in the testes of mice. The breakthrough, reported in the journal The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), may lead to greater understanding and control of male fertility, including the development of a male contraceptive 'pill', and treatments for infertility.... [Read More]
'Empathy gene' may provide clues to autism
23 November 2009 - by Heidi Colleran
In the first study of its kind, researchers in the US have identified a genetic variant that appears to influence both a person's ability to empathise, and how they respond to stress. The research, by a team from Oregon State University and the University of California at Berkeley and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may shed significant light on scientists' understanding of autism, which is characterised by problems with empathy and social communicati... [Read More]
'Selfish' tumor cells point to link between older fathers and genetic diseases
2 November 2009 - by Heidi Colleran
Researchers from the University of Oxford and Copenhagen University Hospital have discovered a surprising link between the development of rare but benign testicular tumors and the genetic transmission of certain genetic diseases, such as achondroplasia (commonly known as dwarfism), Apert, Noonan and Costello syndromes, as well as some conditions causing stillbirth. The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Danish Cancer Society, and published in the journal Nature Genetics, could help e... [Read More]
Discarded fallopian tubes provide stem cells for research
22 June 2009 - by Heidi Colleran
A research team in Brazil has shown that cells from post-operatively discarded fallopian tubes can be used for stem cell research. The team, based at the University of Sao Paolo, showed that fallopian tubes discarded after hysterectomies contain 'mesenchymal' stem cells that are 'pluripotent'; they are capable of developing into multiple tissue types. The finding, reported in the journal of Translational Medicine, offers the prospect of new source of stem cells for research.... [Read More]