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Helen Robertson

Helen Robertson 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 Evolutionary and Developmental Biology at University College London (UCL). Her research, conducted in the laboratory of Professor Max Telford, focuses on the evolutionary history and genetics of a group of enigmatic marine worms - the Xenacoelomorpha. Previously, she obtained an MSci in Biological Sciences from UCL. She is a keen long-distance runner, and is currently training for the London Marathon.


BioNews Review articles written by Helen Robertson:
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Event Review: My Cancer, My DNA - can genomics change the way we treat cancer?
21 March 2016 - by 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 Helen Robertson:
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Scientist plans to make more genome-edited babies
17 June 2019 - by 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 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 Helen Robertson
Infants born with a severe immunodeficiency disorder have been successfully treated in a new gene therapy trial... [Read More]
Low oxygen in womb may harm fertility of future daughters
1 April 2019 - by Helen Robertson
Exposure to low levels of oxygen in the womb may cause fertility problems for female offspring later in life... [Read More]
Genome study could offer DNA test to predict life expectancy
21 January 2019 - by Helen Robertson
Scientists have produced a longevity scoring system to predict whether a person can expect to live longer or die sooner than average, based on the cumulative effect of genetic variants that influence lifespan... [Read More]
Tea or coffee preference may be down to your genes
19 November 2018 - by Helen Robertson
Your preference for tea or coffee could be down to a genetic predisposition to perceiving bitterness, a new study has found... [Read More]
Sperm shortages force Tokyo hospital to end donor insemination
1 October 2018 - by Helen Robertson
A shortage of sperm donors has forced a Japanese hospital to stop offering couples a certain type of fertility treatment... [Read More]
Risks of common diseases predicted from UK BioBank data
20 August 2018 - by Helen Robertson
Researchers have developed a new way of analysing genomic data that may help identify disease risk much earlier than current predictors... [Read More]
Woman with two wombs has twins in 1-in-500m event
6 August 2018 - by Helen Robertson
A woman with two wombs has given birth to twins in an event described as a one in 500 million pregnancy... [Read More]
Australian woman wins right to use dead partner's sperm
25 June 2018 - by Helen Robertson
A Queensland woman has won the right to use her dead boyfriend's sperm to have a baby... [Read More]