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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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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]
Arizona woman cannot use frozen embryos against ex-husband's wishes
27 January 2020 - by Laura Riggall
A woman cannot use her frozen embryos to have a baby following opposition from her ex-husband, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled... [Read More]
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]