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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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Chinese scientist who created genome-edited babies jailed
6 January 2020 - by Laura Riggall
Professor He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who created the world’s first genome-edited babies, has been sentenced to three years in prison for violating medical regulations... [Read More]
E-CRISPR could be used to rapidly detect viruses
18 November 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Researchers claim that the genome-editing tool CRISPR could be used to detect dangerous viruses in a drop of blood within an hour... [Read More]
Cancer cells limit DNA repair to overcome treatment
11 November 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Colorectal cancer cells increase the rate of mutations and impair DNA repair in their genomes to become more resistant to targeted therapies, a new study suggests... [Read More]
Mother takes legal action against sperm bank for her child's dwarfism
4 November 2019 - by Laura Riggall
A woman has taken a sperm bank to court after giving birth to a child with dwarfism despite choosing a 6-foot-tall donor on its website, according to Russian reports... [Read More]
Rare genetic quirk twice as common as thought
14 October 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Inheriting two copies of a chromosome from a single parent is more common than previously thought, according to a new study... [Read More]
Fertility treatment is becoming safer says HFEA report
7 October 2019 - by Laura Riggall
A new report from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has shown that fertility treatment is becoming safer, with the standard of care improving across UK clinics... [Read More]
Study finds 44 genes linked to hearing loss
30 September 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Researchers have identified 44 genes linked to age-related hearing loss... [Read More]
IVF may increase gestational diabetes risk
23 September 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Women who give birth following the use of assisted reproductive technologies, including IVF, are more likely to develop gestational diabetes, a new study suggests... [Read More]