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Rikita Patel

Rikita Patel is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She originally studied Biomedical Science at Kingston University, and went on to obtain an MSc in Reproductive Science and Women's Health from University College London.

BioNews Review articles written by Rikita Patel:
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Podcast Review: The Life Scientific - Jennifer Doudna
25 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel
The new era of gene technology presents an exciting approach to treat deleterious, inherited genetic conditions. Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Jennifer Doudna, from her early life to her research into molecular biology, to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Rikita Patel:
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HFEA calls for 'culture change' on IVF add-ons
19 November 2018 - by Rikita Patel
The Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority has signed a consensus statement calling for private IVF clinics to stop charging patients costly optional add-on treatments that are not proven to work... [Read More]
Prenatal tests are misused for sex-selection in the UK
24 September 2018 - by Rikita Patel
Prenatal tests offered by private UK clinics are misused for sex-selection and could lead to abortions of female fetuses, according to a BBC investigation... [Read More]
Special rules for US gene therapy trials relaxed
20 August 2018 - by Rikita Patel
US gene therapy trials will now be treated like other clinical trials, as the National Institutes for Health step back from regulating them... [Read More]
Genetic patterns linked to time in education discovered
30 July 2018 - by Rikita Patel
Genetic variants may influence how long people remain in school, according to a study of over 1 million genomes... [Read More]
Gene therapy dissolves scar tissue to heal rat spinal cord, reversing paralysis
18 June 2018 - by Rikita Patel
A novel approach to gene therapy has restored limb control to rats paralysed after spinal cord injury, new research has found... [Read More]
NHS gaps may undermine genomic medicine in UK
23 April 2018 - by Rikita Patel
The uptake of genomic medicine could be hampered by funding gaps in the NHS, according to a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee... [Read More]
CRISPR pioneer's lab develops system to target infections and cancer
19 February 2018 - by Rikita Patel
Researchers have found a new use for CRISPR, adapting the system to detect viral infections with high accuracy, a new study finds... [Read More]
Human immune response may stymie CRISPR genome editing therapies
15 January 2018 - by Rikita Patel
The human adaptive immune response against the Cas9 protein - part of the CRISPR genome editing system – may pose a barrier to new therapies, suggests a new study... [Read More]
FDA advisors back gene therapy for rare inherited blindness
16 October 2017 - by Rikita Patel
The US Food Drug and Administration advisory committee has backed the use of gene therapy to treat a hereditary disease for the first time... [Read More]
FDA crackdown on unproven stem cell therapies
4 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel
The US Food and Drug Administration intends to investigate the use of unproven stem cell therapies being offered in the country's clinics... [Read More]