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Dr Helen Robertson

Dr Helen Robertson is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She obtained a PhD in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology from University College London focusing on the evolution of Xenacoelomorpha marine worms. Following her PhD she worked at the Insitut Pasteur, Paris, and is now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, where she is researching the evolution of gene regulation. In her spare time she writes about research and science in society and likes to run and cycle along Lake Michigan.

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Helen Robertson:
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Event Review: COVID-19 Impact on Access to Fertility Services
3 August 2020 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unprecedented challenge to healthcare across the globe, and access to fertility services is not exempt from this... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Artificial Wombs and the Promise for Premature Babies (Science Weekly, The Guardian)
9 December 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The concept of growing a baby in an engineered environment, or an 'artificial womb', perhaps seems more suited to a sci-fi movie than a real-life medical scenario... [Read More]
Event Review: My Cancer, My DNA - can genomics change the way we treat cancer?
21 March 2016 - by Dr Helen Robertson
'Personalised medicine' is a term that's being increasingly used to describe the future of cancer treatment. But are we ready for the genomics revolution that comes with it?... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Helen Robertson:
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Gene variant implicated in Alzheimer's disease onset
29 June 2020 - by Dr Helen Robertson
A genetic variant may drive the early formation of amyloid plaques, aggregates of misfolded proteins that form in the spaces between nerve cells, in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease... [Read More]
Premature birth may have long-term epigenetic effects
9 March 2020 - by Dr Helen Robertson
Researchers have found that children's DNA expression can be altered by length of pregnancy... [Read More]
World's first transplant of lab-grown heart muscles
3 February 2020 - by Dr Helen Robertson
A team of scientists at Osaka University in Japan have carried out the first transplant using lab-grown heart muscle cells... [Read More]
Pentagon warns US military not to use home DNA testing kits
6 January 2020 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The Pentagon is advising members of the US military not to use commercial DNA testing kits, stating that they could pose a security concern... [Read More]
Scientist starts editing human eggs to study deaf gene
21 October 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
Russian biologist Dr Denis Rebrikov has begun genome editing eggs with the reported objective of learning how deaf couples can have children without the genetic mutation that impairs hearing... [Read More]
No single 'gay gene' suggest genome studies
2 September 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The largest study to date into the genetic basis of sexuality has found that there is no single gene associated with same-sex sexual behaviour... [Read More]
International commission on genome editing has first meeting
19 August 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The international commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing met for the first time last week to discuss the governance and use of embryo genome editing... [Read More]
Scientist plans to make more genome-edited babies
17 June 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
A Russian scientist has announced his intention to produce genome-edited babies... [Read More]
Human germline is 'not inviolable', says German ethics council
20 May 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The German Ethics Council has stated that intervention in the human germline - that is, DNA inherited by children from their parents - 'is not inviolable' when it comes to potential interventions... [Read More]
Gene therapy successfully treats 'bubble boy' disease
29 April 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
Infants born with a severe immunodeficiency disorder have been successfully treated in a new gene therapy trial... [Read More]