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Mehmet Fidanboylu

Mehmet Fidanboylu was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He is currently studying for a PhD in Neuropharmacokinetics and Blood-Brain Barrier Research at King's College London's Centre for Integrative Biomedicine and Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, and he is also an Ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network. In 2011, he was named 'Best Presenter' in the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme organised jointly by the University of Nottingham's Institute for Enterprise and Innovation and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's Business and Innovation Unit, while a project he developed with his fellow BioNews Volunteer Writer Tamara Hirsch won the East of England regional round of that competition. Previously, he patented novel system for targeted delivery of pharmaceuticals to the brain, while studying Biology at Imperial College London and incorporating an industrial placement year at GlaxoSmithKline.

BioNews News articles written by Mehmet Fidanboylu:
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US National Institutes of Health put $416 million into personalised medicine
12 December 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US has demonstrated its intent to make personalised medicine a reality by outlining plans for projects set to cost almost half a billion US dollars... [Read More]
Scientists in Australia milk stem cell promise
21 November 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Stem cells may be present in breast milk and could be used therapeutically. The intense ethical debate surrounding the use of embryonic stem cells could therefore be bypassed if claims made by a team of scientists in Australia are confirmed... [Read More]
Brain genes change over time
7 November 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
The brain is a genetic mosaic of nerve cells that differ from each other slightly and change over time, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.... [Read More]
Sickle cell disease reversed in mice
17 October 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
The blood condition sickle cell disease may be reversed by turning off a single gene, according to scientists in the USA. By inactivating a single gene in red blood cells the researchers were able to alleviate symptoms of the disease in mice, offering the hope of a potential new treatment for humans... [Read More]
You are what you eat - study suggests veg can alter your genes
3 October 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Small fragments of genetic material from vegetables we eat could be altering our genes, according to a study carried out by scientists in China... [Read More]
Storage of fat linked to genetic variant
19 September 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Scientists in Scotland have discovered a number of genes that are highly expressed in fat tissue and lead to storage of excess fat in mice. The findings, reported in PLoS ONE, could explain why some people carry more weight than others despite sharing similar diets... [Read More]
Examining cells in zebrafish model offers new hope for cancer
12 September 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
It is hoped that a new method for studying cell development could lead to cures for diseases such as cancer, UK scientists have reported... [Read More]
Scientists find genetic link to sporadic schizophrenia
15 August 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
US researchers have linked mutations in 40 genes to sporadic schizophrenia. The evidence suggests that 50 percent of people with schizophrenia without a family history of the condition have 'de novo' DNA mutations that were not passed on from their parents... [Read More]
Brain scans find similarities in children with autism
25 July 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Children with autism and their siblings share similar patterns of reduced activity in brain regions linked to empathy, according to new research carried out at the University of Cambridge, UK. The researchers believe these findings could lead to a greater understanding of the role of genes in autism and the development of techniques for predicting the risk of developing autism in the future.... [Read More]
Human history is written in everyone's genome
18 July 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Two scientists claim to have pushed the boundaries of what can be learned about the ancestral history of the human race from one person's genome. Dr Richard Durbin and Dr Heng Li from the UK's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge used information from the genomes of only seven individuals... [Read More]