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Dr Laura Riggall

Laura Riggall is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She has recently obtained a PhD in Medical Imaging (Neuroscience) at University College London’s EPSRC CDT in Medical Imaging and the Francis Crick Institute. Her research focused 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 Dr Laura Riggall:
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Podcast Review: The Dangers of DIY Genetic Testing (Science Weekly, The Guardian)
28 October 2019 - by Dr 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 Dr Laura Riggall:
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Artificial intelligence shows how the X chromosome folds and unfolds
18 October 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
The three-dimensional structure of the X chromosome and how it is silenced in female cells has been demonstrated by a new computational method... [Read More]
Genetic variants that cause hypertension in pregnancy identified
23 August 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
An international study has identified a unique pair of gene variants that can cause the sudden onset of high blood pressure in pregnant women... [Read More]
CRISPR genome editing treatment shows promise for genetic disorder
5 July 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
In-body CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing could offer an effective treatment for a rare, life-threatening genetic condition... [Read More]
Cilia in fallopian tube essential for egg but not embryo transport
1 June 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
Motile cilia are needed to transport ovulated eggs in the fallopian tube, according to new research... [Read More]
Model developed to predict age at menopause
26 April 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
Researchers have developed two predictive models that can be used to predict the age of natural menopause in middle-aged women... [Read More]
First study of the genomic architecture of the human placenta
15 March 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
The human placenta has a genetic structure resembling that of a tumour and has many of the gene mutations found in childhood cancers, according to scientists... [Read More]
Noncoding DNA helps regulate our body clock
11 January 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
Circadian rhythms rely on more than just 'clock genes' to produce proteins crucial in controlling the daily sleep/wake cycles of biological organisms, according to new research... [Read More]
Girl born from 27-year-old embryo
7 December 2020 - by Dr Laura Riggall
A baby girl has been born from a record-breaking 27-year-old frozen embryo... [Read More]
New human tissue screen identifies unknown genes in rare genetic disorder
9 November 2020 - by Dr Laura Riggall
A new screening technique using human tissue has identified previously unknown genes that cause microcephaly... [Read More]
COVID-19 may harm sperm production
12 October 2020 - by Dr Laura Riggall
Men who recover from moderate or severe COVID-19 symptoms may have reduced fertility, a new study has claimed... [Read More]