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Dr Maria Botcharova

Maria Botcharova is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. Her PhD in Neuroscience at University College London (UCL)'s Institute of Neurology tried to make sense of the firing patterns of neurons and concluded in 2014. Since then, Maria has advised various pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical companies on their business strategy in her role as strategy consultant. She has previously written about wrinkly fingers and zorb balls for The Guardian and interviewed Sir Roger Bannister (about both running and Neuroscience) for one of its podcasts. She takes a keen interest in science, having written and edited for a number of student and non-profit.

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Maria Botcharova:
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Event Review: Marcus Brigstocke Invites Mark Thomas
25 June 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
How are we different from animals? Comedian Marcus Brigstocke met evolutionary geneticist Professor Mark Thomas at the Cheltenham Science Festival, and asked him about what makes humans so human. Their marvellously informative discussion of human achievement covered art, religion, Adam and Eve, and how they all tie into our genes.... [Read More]
Event Review: The Magic of Medicine
27 February 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Is medicine magic? No, of course not. The active ingredients in the medicines we take are simply chemical compounds which interact with our bodies to produce a net effect. And yet, when we take a pill and our headache promptly disappears, it can all feel a bit miraculous to someone who doesn't know the chemical mechanisms... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Maria Botcharova:
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Mini organs grown from tumours predict patient chemo response
14 October 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Structures grown from patient's tumour cells can help identify which patients will benefit from chemotherapy drugs, according to a new study... [Read More]
DNA company accused of fudging people's genetic test results
16 September 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Seventeen former employees of a genetic testing company, Orig3n, have accused it of not meeting scientific standards and returning inaccurate results... [Read More]
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG suspends funded IVF indefinitely
12 August 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has decided to withdraw NHS-funded fertility services after a temporary suspension in 2017... [Read More]
Modern human DNA reveals traces of archaic hominin species
22 July 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Scientists have discovered two previously unrecorded human ancestor groups by analysing the genomes of modern human populations... [Read More]
Lung-disease gene edited in mice in the womb
29 April 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Scientists have used genome editing in mouse fetuses to edit a gene that causes severe lung disease... [Read More]
Extremely rare semi-identical twins identified for second time
4 March 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
The birth of extremely rare semi-identical, or sesquizygotic, twins has been reported in Brisbane, Australia... [Read More]
Oldham CCG cuts IVF cycle funding from three to one
21 January 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Oldham's Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that it will reduce the number of IVF cycles offered to new patients from three cycles to one... [Read More]
UK's first spina bifida surgeries in the womb completed
29 October 2018 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Surgeons have successfully repaired the spines of two fetuses with spina bifida, a spinal birth defect, for the first time in the UK... [Read More]
Same-sex mice have pups thanks to stem cell technique
15 October 2018 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Researchers have bred mouse pups with genetic material from two male, or two female parents... [Read More]
Contraceptive pill linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer
1 October 2018 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Taking contraceptives that contain a low dose of oestrogen has been linked to a reduced rate of ovarian cancer, in a study of almost two million women... [Read More]