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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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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]
Supercomputer overcomes key cancer genomics bottleneck
31 July 2017 - by Rikita Patel
The IBM Watson supercomputer can analyse 160 hours' worth of genomic data in just ten minutes... [Read More]
How new 'molecular scissors' may give crisper CRISPR
10 July 2017 - by Rikita Patel
Researchers have revealed the structure and action of a new type of 'molecular scissors' known as Cpf1, which may improve CRISPR genome editing.
Dutch woman tracks her sperm donor using DNA bank
5 June 2017 - by Rikita Patel
A donor-conceived Dutch woman, Emi Stikkelman, is the first to find her sperm donor using an American commercial DNA bank... [Read More]