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Isobel Steer

Isobel Steer is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and is also a PhD researcher in the Bioengineering and Chemistry Departments at Imperial College London, developing a device to study protein-DNA interactions. She previously studied Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, where she wrote for and edited magazines including Bang! and Phenotype. She tweets as @isosteer

BioNews Review articles written by Isobel Steer:
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Podcast Review: 100 Not Out? Genes and Ageing
15 March 2021 - by Isobel Steer
'Are you noticing things falling apart a bit as you're getting older? ' asked presenter Dr Kat Arney, as I tune into the Genetics Society podcast. This personal attack almost makes me spill my hot cocoa and fall off my lumbar support (I'm 28 and it's a lockdown Saturday night). This is going to be a bumpy listen... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Genetic Shambles – COVID-19 experts Q&A
20 July 2020 - by Isobel Steer
COVID-19 has made clear that we have not had enough of experts... [Read More]
Radio Review: Crowdscience - Can I trust DNA ancestry tests?
11 May 2020 - by Isobel Steer
'I just took a DNA test', sings Lizzo on her 2017 hit single 'Truth Hurts'... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Stem Cell Hard Sell
20 January 2020 - by Isobel Steer
This BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Stem Cell Hard Sell', hosted by Lesley Curwen, aired on 7 January... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Designer Genes (Babbage, The Economist)
2 December 2019 - by Isobel Steer
When we think of designer babies, we may think of genome-edited babies with their DNA cut and spliced, perhaps using CRISPR... [Read More]
TV Review: CBS 60 Minutes – 'CRISPR'
18 June 2018 - by Isobel Steer
The world is waking up to CRISPR. American media giant CBS sets out to explain to the public what genome editing is – and why it matters – by interviewing some of the top scientists behind the technology... [Read More]
Radio review: Life Scientific – Sir John Burn
5 March 2018 - by Isobel Steer
'​​​​If you've had one child with a major problem, will it happen again? If several members of your family have developed an early onset neurological disorder, you say, will it be me?'... [Read More]
Book Review: Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers
11 September 2017 - by Isobel Steer
Is using and destroying a human embryo for medical research ethical? This question is constantly considered in our newspapers, courtrooms and research labs. You almost certainly have an opinion on it... [Read More]
Event Review: Who owns your genome?
3 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer
Do you know who owns your genome? And who, if anyone, would you choose to give your genetic information to? This debate, organised by the British Science Association and supported by Genomics England, covered the cutting-edge issues in genomic ethics and legality... [Read More]
TV Review: My Amazing Twin
5 September 2016 - by Isobel Steer
My Amazing Twin offers a thought-provoking look at both the scientific and the personal side of type 1 neurofibromatosis... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Isobel Steer:
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Potential genetic target for leukaemia treatment identified
10 May 2021 - by Isobel Steer
The biological mechanism linking a certain gene mutation with poor prognosis in acute myeloid leukaemia has been discovered... [Read More]
Global cancer genome study reveals genetic secrets
10 February 2020 - by Isobel Steer
The largest-ever study of cancer genomes, the Pan-Cancer Project, has published a collection of 23 papers as the result of a ten-year collaboration... [Read More]
Gene deleted in genome-edited babies linked to better recovery from stroke
25 February 2019 - by Isobel Steer
A gene called CCR5 has been shown to affect people's ability to recover after stroke. It is the same gene at the heart of the recent controversial case of genome edited babies in China... [Read More]
Study suggests 'genetic formula' for monogamy
14 January 2019 - by Isobel Steer
Twenty-four genes strongly associated with monogamy in males have been discovered from analysing the genomes of ten animal species... [Read More]
Cancer blood test detects tumours by size of DNA fragments
12 November 2018 - by Isobel Steer
A test has been developed that can detect at least eight different types of cancer, by characterising the size of tumour DNA fragments in the blood... [Read More]
Epigenetic test sorts fatal from manageable prostate cancer
22 October 2018 - by Isobel Steer
Researchers have identified a DNA methylation signature that can identify aggressive prostate cancer, with up to 92 percent accuracy... [Read More]
Drug significantly boosts IVF rates, clinical trial finds
15 October 2018 - by Isobel Steer
A new IVF drug has been shown to help boost birth rates following IVF treatment, by helping embryos implant in the womb... [Read More]
French ethics body backs IVF for single and lesbian women
1 October 2018 - by Isobel Steer
France's national consultative committee on bioethics has said that single women and gay women should be able to access IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]
Simple urine test for early-stage ovarian cancer edges closer
17 September 2018 - by Isobel Steer
UK scientists have discovered a protein biomarker of early-stage ovarian cancer, which they hope will be detectable in a urine test... [Read More]
Aggressive prostate cancer gene identified
3 September 2018 - by Isobel Steer
Finnish researchers have identified two possible mutations in one gene that are both correlated with prostate cancer... [Read More]