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Laura Riggall

Laura Riggall 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 Medical Imaging (Neuroscience) at University College London’s EPSRC CDT in Medical Imaging and the Francis Crick Institute. Her research focuses on using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to investigate different metabolites in the brain to develop new biomarkers of Huntington’s disease. Previously, she obtained an MRes in Experimental Neuroscience from Imperial College London, and a BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences (Industrial) that included a placement year at GlaxoSmithKline.  
BioNews Review articles written by Laura Riggall:
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Podcast Review: The Dangers of DIY Genetic Testing (Science Weekly, The Guardian)
28 October 2019 - by Laura Riggall
By 2022 the world's consumer genetic testing market is expected to quadruple to £200 million, according to The Guardian. But while the popularity of DIY genetic testing has undergone huge expansion in recent years, doctors and scientists have called for a crackdown on tests offered by consumer genetics companies such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Laura Riggall:
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New Zealand parents unable to reach surrogate babies overseas
14 September 2020 - by Laura Riggall
Families in New Zealand with babies born through surrogacy are unable to bring them home due to international border restrictions caused by COVID-19... [Read More]
BRCA-associated breast cancer risk may be influenced by the woman's genome
7 September 2020 - by Laura Riggall
Women with high risk single-gene variants in the BRCA gene may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than previously reported... [Read More]
Gene helps explain higher stroke risk for black people
17 August 2020 - by Laura Riggall
The gene HNF1A critical for the growth and development of the liver and pancreas is linked to an increased risk of stroke in people of African descent, according to new research... [Read More]
COVID leaves surrogate babies stranded in Russia
3 August 2020 - by Laura Riggall
As many as 1000 babies born through surrogacy in Russia have been unable to meet their intended parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic... [Read More]
Complete human chromosome sequenced for first time
20 July 2020 - by Laura Riggall
A complete DNA sequence of the human X chromosome has been produced, the first time a human chromosome has been read in its entirety... [Read More]
Home DNA tests to illuminate varying COVID-19 impacts
22 June 2020 - by Laura Riggall
Results from direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits could help identify genes that influence the way COVID-19 affects different people... [Read More]
Pregnancy protects against breast cancer by changing the epigenome
1 June 2020 - by Laura Riggall
Pregnancy reduces the risk of breast cancer by reprogramming genes found in breast cells... [Read More]
Coronavirus detected in semen of recovering COVID-19 patients
11 May 2020 - by Laura Riggall
The novel coronavirus can persist in the semen of men who are recovering following infection, according to a new study... [Read More]
Unproven report linking coronavirus to male infertility removed
16 March 2020 - by Laura Riggall
A report published online that suggests the novel coronavirus may lead to male infertility has now been removed... [Read More]
Study shows brain organoids are confused and disorganised
10 February 2020 - by Laura Riggall
Cerebral organoids fail to replicate the basic features of normal human brain development, according to a new study published in Nature... [Read More]