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Dr Özge Özkaya

Dr Özge Özkaya was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She has a PhD in Developmental Biology from Queen Mary University of London, and an MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Leicester. She spent six years working at the University of Leicester as a postdoctoral research associate in behavioural neuroscience - in the laboratories of Professors Flaviano Giorgini and Charalambos Kyriacou and Dr Ezio Rosato - before moving into science communication. She currently works as a Managing Editor for a Texas-based online publication company.

BioNews News articles written by Dr Özge Özkaya:
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Anti-CRISPR - an off-switch for genome editing
9 January 2017 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists have discovered a new set of proteins that can block the CRISPR/Cas9 system... [Read More]
Stress could trigger heart disease linked to mutation
28 November 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Gene variants coding for the muscle protein titin cause enlarged hearts in healthy individuals, and stress may trigger carriers to develop heart disease, according to a study... [Read More]
Smokers develop 150 mutations per lung cell
7 November 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
For the first time scientists have quantified the number of mutations caused by the number of cigarettes smoked in a lifetime... [Read More]
CRISPR shrinks tumours in mice
12 September 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists from China have managed to shrink the size of tumours in mice using CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technology... [Read More]
Mitochondrial donation case study finally published after 13 years
22 August 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Chinese researchers say an IVF technique called pronuclear transfer can safely produce a viable pregnancy... [Read More]
US Supreme Court blocks review of Sequenom patent appeal
4 July 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by the biotech company Sequenom against a ruling that its prenatal blood test was not patent eligible... [Read More]
Mitochondrial donation is safe, study suggests
13 June 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
An extensive study examining human embryos created using mitochondrial donation has demonstrated that the technique does not adversely affect embryo development... [Read More]
Young female cancer patients not informed of fertility options
31 May 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
A majority of female cancer patients with 'uncertain' fertility status have said they were not given enough information about the risks of infertility resulting from their treatment... [Read More]
DNA of Ice Age Europeans revealed
9 May 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
A study of ancient DNA obtained from prehistoric human remains has revealed details about modern humans before farming began, going back to their arrival in Europe around 45,000 years ago... [Read More]
CRISPR upgrade promises single-letter gene editing
25 April 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists have fine tuned the genome-editing tool CRISPR so that it can now edit a single 'letter' of DNA... [Read More]