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Ken Hanscombe

Ken Hanscombe was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He is currently studying for a PhD at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, a multidisciplinary partnership between the Medical Research Council and King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, where his research focuses on the use of quantitative and molecular genetic techniques to disentangle the effects of nature and nurture upon complex traits. Using a population-based sample of more than 10,000 twin pairs, the Twins Early Development Study, he is investigating cognitive, academic and behavioural outcomes in childhood and adolescence.

BioNews News articles written by Ken Hanscombe:
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Australian scientists magnify sperm to identify 'healthiest'
15 November 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
A new IVF technique developed in Australia offers hope to couples who have problems conceiving due to damaged sperm. The technique called Digital High-Mag allows fertility experts to study sperm cells at much higher resolution than before, enabling them to more readily detect those cells most likely to lead to a successful conception and full-term pregnancy.... [Read More]
West Kent PCT suspends IVF funding
8 November 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
NHS West Kent Primary Care Trust (PCT) has suspended IVF treatments considered non-urgent until April 2011. The measure is aimed at avoiding a projected overspend of approximately £40m on the PCT's budget of £1.013 billion, within the first six months of the coming year... [Read More]
Genetic role in Vitamin E metabolism
25 October 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
Two commonly occurring genetic variants in the human CYP4F2 gene have been found to affect metabolism of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a generic term for a group of fat-soluble compounds and consists of eight chemical forms... [Read More]
Scientists put their personal genotyped data online
18 October 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
Twelve members of the Genomes Unzipped project have made their personal genetic data publicly available online. By sharing their genetic data, the project aims to guide discussion about the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic information, and the issue of genetic privacy... [Read More]
Genetic consortium creates enormous heart disease data pool
11 October 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
An international consortium has been set up to study the genetic origins of heart attack and coronary artery disease (CAD)... [Read More]
Study reveals 'gender bias' in IVF treatment
4 October 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
The probability of having a male baby is affected by fertility treatments, Australian scientists have found. The national population-based study is the first to assess the impact of fertility treatments on the ratio of boys to girls born... [Read More]
Large study links new genes to asthma
27 September 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
A new study queries the role of allergy in the development of asthma, and suggests that a different disease process is involved in childhood and adult-onset asthma. Asthma is a complex condition with genetic and environmental factors, although experts believe it has a strong heritable component.... [Read More]
New genetic clues to schizophrenia uncovered
20 September 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
An international team of researchers has identified a new gene, CYMA5, which is thought to be associated with schizophrenia... [Read More]