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Dr Rebecca Robey

Dr Rebecca Robey was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is a Research Associate in Immunology at Imperial College London's Department of Medicine, where her research focuses on the use of fowlpox virus as a vaccine vector. Previously, she studied Genetics with industrial experience at the University of Manchester, and incorporated a year in industry working at Tulane University's Centre for Gene Therapy where she researched adult stem cells. She went on to obtain her PhD in Viral Oncology from University College London, and has also worked as an Assistant Editor at Nature Publishing Group.

BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Rebecca Robey:
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Progress Educational Trust Conference: Introduction to the embryo and its out of body experience
5 December 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s annual conference, 2011, 'The Best Possible Start in Life: The Robust and Responsive Embryo', started with two fantastic sessions chaired by Dr Virginia Bolton, consultant embryologist at the assisted conception unit at Guy's Hospital, London, UK.... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Rebecca Robey:
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Book Review: The Reproductive System at a Glance
12 December 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
As a biomedical research scientist recently returned to university to retrain as a medic, I am very much the target audience for the re-issued academic textbook 'The Reproductive System at a Glance', which provides a succinct guide to all facets of human reproduction... [Read More]
Film Review: How Does DNA Fingerprinting Work?
14 November 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Have you ever wondered how criminals are identified using their DNA, or how DNA paternity tests can prove whether a man is the father of a baby? Both are done using a technique called 'DNA fingerprinting' and the latest video in the Naked Scientists' scrapbook series explains neatly how this works.... [Read More]
Book Review: From IVF to Immortality
10 March 2008 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
'From IVF to Immortality: Controversy in the Era of Reproductive Technology', by Ruth Deech and Anna Smajdor (Oxford University Press, November 2007), is a lively, accessible account of modern reproductive technology and the complex issues surrounding it. Punctuated with case histories used to illustrate and explain each passage, the book explores the science, history, legislation, ethics and future of assisted reproductive technology (ART) and its associated fields of medicine and scientific... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Rebecca Robey:
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Stem cell treatment counters kidney rejection in early trial
12 March 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Stem cell therapy may remove the need for organ transplant recipients to have lifelong drug treatment to combat the risk of rejection, which would dramatically improve patients' quality of life... [Read More]
Australian sperm donors' details could be linked to birth certificates
20 February 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
The state parliament in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, is considering whether sperm and egg donors' details should be mandatorily recorded on their children's birth certificate.... [Read More]
Sex determination possible at five weeks after conception
23 January 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
A test has been developed to determine the sex of a fetus from only five weeks old. The test relies on a blood sample from the mother and therefore carries no risk to the child... [Read More]
No negative impact for surrogate's own children
16 January 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Acting as a surrogate does not negatively affect the psychological wellbeing of the surrogate's own children, according to a new study from the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.... [Read More]
Breast cancer risk genes from mum or dad? It could affect diagnosis age
19 December 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Women who inherit breast cancer risk genes from their father may be diagnosed with, or even develop, the disease several years earlier than those who inherit the same genes from their mother. This may have implications for screening and treatment strategies for those at risk of hereditary breast cancer... [Read More]
Think tank tells NHS: prepare for the genetic revolution
31 October 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
The NHS must take steps to prepare for a revolution in genetics-based medicine, according to a new report by the independent think tank, the Foundation for Genomics and Public Health (the PHG Foundation). The Foundation says that rapid advances in technology will soon make it possible for individuals to have their entire genome analysed affordably, and this will have a major impact on many aspects of healthcare... [Read More]
Does your DNA 'remember' your childhood?
24 October 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Living conditions during childhood may have a long-term effect on DNA, according to new research by British and Canadian scientists. The findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, may explain why some people who grow up in socioeconomic deprivation have health disadvantages later in life, despite improvements in their living conditions in adulthood... [Read More]
Fruit and veg keeps genetic risk of heart disease at bay
17 October 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Eating high quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables can counterbalance the effects of having a genetic predisposition to heart disease, an international study has found... [Read More]
Nobel prize for scientist who experimented on himself
10 October 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
The winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2011 were announced on 3 October with an unusual twist – for the first time the accolade has been bestowed on someone posthumously. This is normally against the Nobel Assembly's rules, but Professor Ralph Steinman's untimely death on 30 September occurred after messages had been sent to him informing him of his success... [Read More]
US court victory for embryonic stem cell research
1 August 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
A District Court judge in the US has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to ban federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. The decision, by Judge Royce Lambeth, is the latest development in the case of Sherley v Sebelius – a landmark lawsuit filed against the US's state-funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2009... [Read More]