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Dr Jay Stone

Dr Jay Stone is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She obtained her PhD at University College London's Institute of Ophthalmology, where she researched gene abnormalities in retinal vascular angiogenesis as part of the Graduate Programme of the Medical Research Council's Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. She has also written for the journals Opticon1826 and Prometheus, and for the British Society of Cell Biology. She has collaborated with designer Berit Greinke on the project The Good, the Bad and the Negative, which was exhibited at the Science Museum's Dana Centre and went on to receive the NOBELini award. Previously, she studied Molecular Medicine at the University of Sussex and interned at Sense About Science. Her BioNews article 'First saviour sibling stem cell transplant performed in UK' is reproduced in Biotechnology and Cloning (buy this book from Amazon UK). She tweets as @JS_tone



BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Jay Stone:
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Keeping libel laws out of science - fighting for our right to debate
22 February 2010 - by Dr Jay Stone
During my endeavours to explore science communication, I came across a UK charity called 'Sense about Science' (SAS), a non-profit charity trust that work with over 2000 scientists and civic groups to respond to misrepresentations of science in the public domain. SAS believes in good science communication and in promoting public understanding of science to prevent panic and confusion. The topical publications it produces - such as 'Making sense of GM' - are easy to read and appeal to all leve... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Jay Stone:
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CRISPR helps uncover new leukaemia genes
27 April 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
CRISPR has been used, for the first time, to identify novel genes that are key drivers of aggressive chronic myeloid leukaemia... [Read More]
CRISPR can now target RNA - including coronavirus genome
23 March 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
A new CRISPR-based technology can target RNA in human cells, including the RNA-based genome of the coronavirus... [Read More]
Microbial DNA in blood may help diagnose cancer
16 March 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
Different types and stages of cancer may cause unique microbial DNA signatures that can be detected in the blood, according to new research published in Nature... [Read More]
Egg stem cells not found in the human ovary
9 March 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
After analysing all cell types in the human ovary, scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have shown so-called 'egg stem cells' do not exist... [Read More]
Common gut bacteria may cause bowel cancer
2 March 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
A common strain of gut bacteria may drive genetic changes that cause bowel cancer, according to research published in Nature... [Read More]
Gene therapy for blindness begins on the NHS
24 February 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
The NHS has started to offer people with an inherited retinal disorder, known as Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) a revolutionary new gene therapy, which can restore their eyesight... [Read More]
Genetic mystery solved as the first Briton has their whole genome sequenced
8 August 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
Four-year-old Katie Warner from Oxford has become the first person in Britain to have her whole genome sequenced in order to locate the mutation that causes her skull abnormality... [Read More]
Do healthy gums improve your chances of being a mum?
11 July 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
Women with poor oral health take on average two months longer to conceive than those with healthy gums, Australian scientists have shown.... [Read More]
Genetic test for sports ability raises concerns in US
31 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
A US company has launched a mail order genetic test that claims to provide 'athletes and parents of young sports competitors' with information about the user's athletic strengths, what type of training will be most beneficial, and potential injury risks... [Read More]
Genetic test may help to predict treatment success in breast cancer
16 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
US scientists have designed a genetic test which could predict how a patient with breast cancer responds to chemotherapy. Researchers say the test, which works for those with certain newly diagnosed forms of cancer, could help women avoid unnecessary chemotherapy.... [Read More]