Vivienne has stepped down in order to do a full-time MA in creative writing. During the time she has been with us, Vivienne has contributed more than 60 articles for BioNews on a variety of topics whether it was interviewing Dr Julian Huppert MP, reviewing 'Music from the Genome', or penning stories such as 'Witchcraft tried by 100' and 'Leaked letter "proves" fertility watchdog faces last bark'.
Her talent for headline writing and efficient editing will be sorely missed. Furthermore, Monday mornings will not be the same without her tales of her cocker spaniel's exploits. Perhaps our four-legged friend will appear in Vivienne's first novel, which we hope will be a bestseller. We wish Vivienne every success, and are pleased that she has agreed to remain a Contributing Editor at BioNews.
We are delighted to welcome James to BioNews. Like Genetics Editor Dr Rebecca Hill, James joins us after completing his MA in Science Journalism at City University London. Prior to his MA, James was a reporter for 'Executive Grapevine', a specialist HR publication. He also spent seven years in Paris working as a headhunter for the pharmaceutical industry.
Previously, James studied pharmacology at King's College London. He took an extramural year at the Institut Gustave-Roussy, one of the world's leading cancer research institutes and the biggest health centre dedicated to oncology in Europe, where his research focused on DNA topoisomerases. James is bilingual, speaking English and French, and will combine his role at BioNews with his work as a freelance journalist.
We hope that this is a case of 'plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose' (the more things change, the more they stay the same), particularly in terms of continuing the editorial standards for which BioNews is highly regarded.
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