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Dr Rachael Panizzo

Dr Rachael Panizzo was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is a Research Funding Manager in the Strategy and Research Team at Cancer Research UK, and previously worked as a Senior Policy Executive at the British Medical Association. She also writes for publications including openDemocracy, and she participated in the Intelligence Squared debate 'Feminism Has Nothing to Fear from Darwinism'. Previously, she studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Anatomy and Neuroscience. She went on to obtain her PhD at University College London, where she developed magnetic resonance imaging techniques for stem cells. She was also formerly a Biomedical Sciences Editor at the journal Opticon1826, and she interned in Science Policy at the Institute of Biology (now subsumed into the Royal Society of Biology).

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Rachael Panizzo:
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Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Sir John Gurdon
4 February 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Shortly after being awarded the 2012 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine, Professor Sir John Gurdon was interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Life Scientific'... [Read More]
Book Review: Bring It On Baby - How to Have a Dudelike Pregnancy
9 July 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
From natural childbirth to infertility, breastfeeding to immunisations, there are few areas of pregnancy and childcare that are free from judgment and well-meaning advice.... [Read More]
TV Review: Health Explained - Epigenetics
16 April 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Epigenetics is a complex subject, so explaining it in just two minutes is a big ask. But that's what the short video clip, 'Health explained: epigenetics', on the BBC website attempts to do. Aimed at a general audience, the video succeeds in giving us a very basic introduction, but doesn't manage to capture what is new and exciting about this field of research... [Read More]
Film Review: Anonymous Father's Day
27 February 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
As a generation of donor-conceived children reach adulthood, Anonymous Father's Day looks at donor conception from the perspective of the children. It follows three donor conceived people who are actively raising awareness of donor conception, and the rights of donor-conceived children... [Read More]
Book Review: What's the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference
21 November 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The study of genetic diversity between ethnic groups can help explain the ways in which race influences our biology and susceptibility to disease. But what do we mean by 'race', exactly? These issues are considered in the collection of essays 'What's the use of race? Modern governance and the biology of difference', edited by Dr Ian Whitmarsh and Dr David Jones... [Read More]
Book Review: Unnatural - The Heretical Idea of Making People
18 April 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
What does Mary Shelley's Frankenstein have in common with Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner', Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go' and Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'? According to Philip Ball, these are all permutations of the myth of anthropoieia - the artificial creation of human life... [Read More]
Event Review: Unnatural - The Heretical Idea of Making People
14 February 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The creation of human life through artificial means is often portrayed as an inherently dangerous and unnatural process, where the product of any such attempt is assumed to be somehow inferior and lacking in humanity. This is a recurrent idea that looms over contemporary debate surrounding many scientific advances and technologies in biology, from reproductive cloning to embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, IVF and human genetics.... [Read More]
Book Review: Knock Yourself Up - A Tell-All Guide to Becoming a Single Mom
6 September 2008 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Were it not for the unconventional way she conceived her child, Louise Sloan would otherwise seem like a characteristic New York yummy mummy. Author and magazine editor, she manages to balance her family life with her young toddler with her busy work schedule, with the help of a live-in nanny and flexible working hours. However, single and lesbian, Sloan became pregnant with her son Scott through donor insemination, and her experience of assisted reproductive technology as a single woman is t... [Read More]
Book Review: Defending the Genetic Supermarket - Law and Ethics of Selecting the Next Generation
26 July 2008 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The philosopher Robert Nozick introduced the idea of a genetic supermarket in 1974, before the first IVF birth and the era of medical genetics. At the genetic supermarket, he imagined, prospective parents could shop for desired traits, and design a child to their particular specifications. In 'Defending the Genetic Supermarket', Colin Gavaghan explores the ethics underlying the use of assisted reproductive technologies, in particular preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), as well as the cur... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Rachael Panizzo:
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Do pesticides reduce sperm quality?
13 April 2015 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A recent study suggests that exposure to pesticide residue through diet may affect sperm quality... [Read More]
Two new breast cancer genetic risk factors identified
9 February 2015 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
An international research collaboration analysing the DNA of 100,000 women has identified two new genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of the most common form of breast cancer... [Read More]
Holding back the telomeres: stand up for healthier DNA
8 September 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Spending more time on your feet may protect DNA from 'cellular ageing' and extend life, a small Swedish study has found... [Read More]
Gene therapy creates 'biological pacemakers' in pigs
21 July 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Adult heart cells can be genetically reprogrammed into pacemaker cells by injecting a gene into the heart, an experiment in pigs suggests... [Read More]
Controversial stem cell paper retracted as cells 'never existed'
9 June 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The lead author of a controversial study describing a new type of stem cell - stimulus-triggered acquisition pluripotency (STAP) cells - has agreed to retract two research papers published in the journal Nature in January 2014... [Read More]
Human stem cells repair heart damage in monkeys
6 May 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Heart cells derived from human embryonic stem cells are capable of regenerating damaged heart muscle in primates, a US study has found... [Read More]
Illumina claims the $1,000 genome crown
20 January 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The $1,000 genome may have arrived, an achievement which would mark a significant milestone in the application of genetic science... [Read More]
Severe childhood asthma gene identified
25 November 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A gene variant has been discovered and linked to an increased risk of severe childhood asthma. Researchers suggest that a faulty version of the gene CDHR3 may even be the direct cause of the disease in some children... [Read More]
Healthy lifestyle 'reverses' DNA ageing
23 September 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Switching to a healthier lifestyle may reverse the signs of ageing at the genetic level in men with low-risk prostate cancer, a small study has found.... [Read More]
Stem cells given a good nanokicking
22 April 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Human stem cells have been converted into bone cells using a technique called 'nanokicking'... [Read More]