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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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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]
Alzheimer's memory loss due to gene blockade reversed in mice
5 March 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
An enzyme associated with memory loss can be blocked to reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice, a study has shown... [Read More]
Gene therapy successfully treats inherited blindness
13 February 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Three women have reported a significant improvement in sight following gene therapy in both their eyes. Initially, they received the therapy in just one eye, but this latest study demonstrates the treatment was also successful in the other... [Read More]
California clinic to perform stem cell procedure amid FDA lawsuit
6 February 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
A clinic in California has announced that its doctors are licensed and trained to carry out a stem cell treatment for chronic pain. Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pursuing a lawsuit against Regenerative Sciences, the company that developed the technique... [Read More]
Cancer drugs may boost breast cancer stem cell growth
31 January 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Two breast cancer drugs, Avastin and Sutent, may inadvertently aid cancer growth, a study in mice suggests. The drugs, designed to reduce the blood supply to tumours, were found to encourage cancer stem cell growth, potentially fuelling the spread of the cancer... [Read More]