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Dr Rachel Montgomery

Dr Rachel Montgomery is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is also an Adviser to the charity that publishes BioNews, the Progress Educational Trust. Currently, she works as a Policy Officer at the Academy of Medical Sciences. Previously she studied for a PhD at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, part of University College London (UCL), which was funded by the MRC. Her work made use of a fission yeast model to better understand Batten Disease, a rare neurodegenerative disease that affects children. Previously, she completed an MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine, also at UCL, and studied Medical Biology at Edinburgh University.


BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Rachel Montgomery:
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What next for genomics? Providing answers, changing lives, transforming the NHS
10 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A packed public event, produced by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with Genomics England, saw the Chief Medical Officer for England launch her report 'Generation Genome'... [Read More]
The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment: A Sting in the Tale?
25 April 2016 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
This event, organised by the Progress Educational Trust, generated a lively debate about what – if anything – children should be taught at school about infertility... [Read More]
Mitochondrial Donation: Is It Safe? Is It Ethical?
9 February 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Held at the Houses of Parliament, and organised by the Progress Educational Trust (the charity that publishes BioNews), this public debate was well attended. With all the chairs taken and many more people standing, people clearly felt it was important to discuss these issues... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Rachel Montgomery:
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Event Review: The Future of Your Genetic Health
12 March 2018 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
What are the medical and ethical implications of genetic technologies such as gene therapy, personalised medicine, and genome editing?
Event Review: In conversation with Dr Amy Gutmann
23 March 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
On 15 March 2015, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics held its annual public lecture, which this year featured political scientist and philosopher Dr Amy Gutmann, chair of the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues... [Read More]
Event Review: Does egg-freezing enable women to 'have it all'?
9 March 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
I arrived with some bemusement at this one-hour debate, 'Does egg-freezing enable women to "have it all"', to Beyoncé playing out loudly to an excited lecture theatre... [Read More]
Exhibition Review: Foreign Bodies, Common Ground
2 December 2013 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Six artists, ranging from photographers, performance groups and multimedia artists, were sent to Wellcome-funded research centres around the world. The goal of these 'foreign bodies' was to immerse themselves in scientific research for six months, and then produce some work that reflected what they learnt... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Rachel Montgomery:
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IVF temporarily changes babies' epigenetics
9 September 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A new study has found that children born from assisted reproductive technologies have different epigenetic patterns to those born through natural conception - but that these differences vanish by adulthood... [Read More]
Couple sues IVF clinic after embryo mix-up
15 July 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A couple are suing a US fertility clinic after an IVF mix-up resulted in the woman giving birth to twin boys unrelated to them - or each other... [Read More]
Muscle-building steroids make men infertile
3 June 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Men taking steroids and anti-baldness medications to appear more attractive may be inadvertently reducing their fertility, warn two scientists... [Read More]
Dutch fertility doctor fathered 49 children, DNA tests show
29 April 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
DNA tests have confirmed a Dutch doctor fathered 49 children after secretly using his own sperm to impregnate women at his fertility clinic... [Read More]
Child obesity starts with epigenetic changes in womb
25 February 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
The risk of being obese as a child can be predicted by DNA modifications that arise while in the womb, and may be influenced by the mother's diet, suggests a new study... [Read More]
Largest US twin study looks at how your postcode affects health
21 January 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A study attempting to clarify the ongoing 'nature vs nurture debate' has confirmed that the issue is complex - and that most conditions are probably caused by an interaction of both... [Read More]
Grandparents win legal right to see donor sperm grandchild
5 March 2018 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
The UK court of appeal has upheld the right of the parents of a sperm donor to spend time with their biological grandson... [Read More]
Sperm 'obstacle course' could improve IVF success
8 January 2018 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
An obstacle course has been developed by scientists in the United States which can select the fastest and healthiest sperm to use in assisted reproductive techniques. 
Illumina wins NIPT patent case in UK High Court
27 November 2017 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
The UK Patents Court has ruled that two separate non-invasive prenatal tests infringe patents licensed by the US firm Illumina... [Read More]
No legal father for IVF baby, rules Georgia Supreme Court
16 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A ruling by the Supreme Court in Georgia has stated a child born following IVF has no legal father, potentially setting a precedent for other similar cases in the future... [Read More]