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Dr Rebecca Hill

Dr Rebecca Hill was formerly Genetics Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She is a reporter at Research Fortnight and Research Europe, both of which are published by Research Research and cover news, analysis, funding opportunities and jobs for researchers and policymakers. She is also a freelance journalist specialising in science, and has written for the Guardian and Times newspapers, the journal Nature, New Scientist magazine's CultureLab and the Science and Development Network. She is cofounder of Science Brainwaves (part of the British Science Association), and she has been a judge at the National Science and Engineering Competition at the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair. Previously, she studied Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Sheffield, where she went on to obtain a PhD in Structural and Molecular Biology, and where her research focused on producing a system to purify and analyse groups of proteins in baker's yeast. She also has an MA in Science Journalism from City University London, and she has a particular interest in audio production, having produced audio packages for the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast. She has interned at the Science Media Centre and Sense About Science, and she has been a pie taster on the Pie Panel at Holland's Pies. She tweets as @BekiHill

BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Rebecca Hill:
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Crystal ball gazing: an interview with Professor Sir John Burn on genetics in 2012
12 March 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
Genome sequencing for all, the abuse of stored genetic data and red tape halting research are just some of the issues the NHS will have to deal with this year, according to Sir John Burn, professor of clinical genetics at the University of Newcastle, chair of the British Society for Human Genetics (BSHG)... [Read More]
Progress Educational Trust Conference: Should Assisted Conception Always Be Evidence-Based?
19 December 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
In what is now synonymous with Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s ethos, the final session of the annual conference, 'The Best Possible Start in Life: The Robust and Responsive Embryo', was a free-form debate. Following on from the previous sessions where a wealth of eminent researchers gave informative and often provocative talks, Guardian columnist Zoe Williams had the task of chairing what proved to be an entertaining debate... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Rebecca Hill:
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Event Review: Searching for the Secret of Life - DNA Then, Now and Tomorrow
31 October 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
The inaugural London Science Festival, which ran from 19-26 October, promised numerous exciting and entertaining events, many of which have received excellent reviews. So I'm particularly disappointed that I chose to spend my Friday night at 'Searching for the secret of life: DNA, then, now and tomorrow'.... [Read More]
Event Review: The Age of Personalised Medicine - Genes, Privacy and Discrimination
8 August 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
'The age of personalised medicine: genes, privacy and discrimination?' was the last in BioCentre's 2010/2011 symposium series 'Revolution, Regulation and Responsibilities', and promised to 'appraise current developments and consider the current legal and regulatory position for their use before taking time to reflect and assess the future impact on society'... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Rebecca Hill:
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Identical twins start to differ in the womb, study shows
23 July 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
Despite sharing the same womb, identical twins are born with different alterations to their DNA that can affect the activity of individual genes... [Read More]
Heart disease linked to newly discovered type of stem cell
11 June 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
A previously unidentified type of stem cell, usually dormant in blood vessels, is at the heart of vascular disease, according to researchers... [Read More]
Human Genetics Commission publish final report
7 June 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) has published its final report, which marks the end of its 12 years as an advisory body to the Government... [Read More]
Genetics of breast cancer progression mapped
21 May 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
The genetic landscape of breast cancer is much more complicated than previously hoped, according to the authors of two analyses of multiple tumour genomes... [Read More]
Fertility treatment only partly responsible for increase in birth defects
8 May 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
The increase in birth defects in babies born after assisted conception could be partly due to underlying fertility problems, according to an Australian study... [Read More]
Bioscience job skills gap tackled with degree accreditation scheme
26 March 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
Many bioscience graduates lack the practical skills that make them attractive to employers, according to a 2010 survey. In order to fill this skills gap, the Society of Biology launched a degree accreditation programme this week... [Read More]
Cord blood stem cell clinical trial for hearing loss begins
13 February 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
US researchers have received approval to test whether cord blood stem cells could be used to reverse hearing loss in children... [Read More]
Short people 'short' on genes
28 November 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
Short people can blame deleted sections of DNA for their diminutive stature, according to a study looking at variations in the genomes of over 12,000 children... [Read More]
NICE recommends more scans for multiple pregnancies
3 October 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidelines saying that women pregnant with twins or triplets should be monitored more closely, receiving specialist care from a team of healthcare professionals... [Read More]
Whole family genome mapping offers future medical hope
19 September 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
The first interpretation of a family's health risks using whole genome data has been carried out by US researchers. The team, from the Stanford University School of Medicine, looked at the DNA sequences of both parents and two children in this, the second reported study of a four-person family of genomes... [Read More]