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Martha Roberts

Martha Roberts is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is studying for a PhD at University College London (UCL)'s Queen Square Institute of Neurology, where her research focuses on finding new mechanisms and therapies for the neuromuscular disease spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy. Previously, she studied Natural Sciences at Durham University and went on to obtain an MSc in Neuroscience from UCL. She enjoys public engagement to inspire the next generation of scientists, and she tweets as @neuro_martha _

BioNews Review articles written by Martha Roberts:
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Event Review: COVID-19 – Evidence and limitations of genetics in relation to BAME groups
14 September 2020 - by Martha Roberts
I was aware of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the UK but I did not know much about the causes... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Martha Roberts:
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Newlywed's satisfaction may be linked to a genetic variant
1 March 2021 - by Martha Roberts
Psychologists have found a genetic variant associated with relationship satisfaction in the first years of marriage... [Read More]
Differences in gene expression may explain mental disorder symptoms
15 February 2021 - by Martha Roberts
Differences in gene expression may explain why mental illnesses with similar genetic roots can have such different symptoms, according to a new study... [Read More]
Space worms show how gravity can affect genes
30 November 2020 - by Martha Roberts
New research in worms has demonstrated how prolonged exposure to low gravity can alter cells at the genetic level... [Read More]
Draft guidance from watchdog cracks down on IVF clinics
9 November 2020 - by Martha Roberts
The UK Competition and Markets Authority has released draft guidance for the UK fertility sector, to ensure IVF clinics understand and comply with consumer law... [Read More]
Campaign to register stem cell donors saves baby
19 October 2020 - by Martha Roberts
A critically ill one-year-old child has found a matching stem cell donor after his family started a public campaign urging people to sign up to the UK stem cell register... [Read More]
Sperm donor awarded damages after sperm used by gay couples
5 October 2020 - by Martha Roberts
A sperm donor has been awarded compensation from fertility clinic after his sperm was used in the treatment of same-sex couples and single women against his wishes... [Read More]
Placenta development occurs before a fertilised egg divides
28 September 2020 - by Martha Roberts
Placenta development is initiated first in human pregnancies, even before the embryo starts to form, according to new research... [Read More]
'Single gene' condition risk influenced by genetic background
24 August 2020 - by Martha Roberts
Disease risk, from single-gene variants, is influenced by the rest of the genome... [Read More]
Relationship status and BMI used to determine access to IVF
17 August 2020 - by Martha Roberts
Relationship status and body mass index (BMI), are being used to restrict people's access to NHS-funded fertility treatment... [Read More]
Privacy questions after Blackstone acquires Ancestry
10 August 2020 - by Martha Roberts
What will happen to users' health data? Privacy advocates are concerned after Ancestry is bought by private equity group Blackstone... [Read More]