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Dr Ross Cloney

Dr Ross Cloney is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and editor at Nature Communications (any BioNews articles written by Ross contain his own views, not those of his employer). Previously he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex's Genome Damage and Stability Centre. His work focused on how human cells maintain their genome against damage through a variety of repair mechanisms. Prior to that, he studied Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia and continued to obtain a PhD researching the mechanisms of DNA repair. He has a strong interest in the fields of human genetics and synthetic biology, is a keen proponent of science outreach, and tweets as @rosscloney

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Ross Cloney:
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Book Review: Not In Your Genes - The Real Reasons Children Are Like Their Parents
3 May 2016 - by Dr Ross Cloney
Oliver James's new book shows little understanding of genetics, instead offering a media-friendly caricature of 'one gene = one trait', while focusing solely on parenting styles to explain human behaviour... [Read More]
Radio Review: FutureProofing - Life
21 September 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The key question of the 21st century may turn out to be: 'Who are we and what will we become?' This question and the implications of its potential answers are explored in 'FutureProofing: Life', which sets out to understand the field of synthetic biology... [Read More]
Book Review: From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field
27 April 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The image of eugenics often portrayed in the media is reminiscent of the horrors of the early to middle 20th century. Legions of identical blond-haired, blue-eyed ubermenschen, backed by an authoritarian state with no room for diversity or difference. In 'From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance', Silvia Camporesi demolishes that image... [Read More]
Book Review: Good Science - The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research
16 February 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The emergence of stem cell research has been one of the most transformative biological advances of the last decade. In 'Good Science', Charis Thompson outlines the ethical back and forth that was often the public face of this rapidly advancing science... [Read More]
Book Review: The Soma
8 December 2014 - by Dr Ross Cloney
Wouldn't it be great to take charge of your evolution?... [Read More]
Book Review: Gene Jockeys - Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise
24 November 2014 - by Dr Ross Cloney
'Everybody has the same damn list.' It was with these words that Peter Farley, one time president of the biotechnology firm, Cetus, described the early days of commercial molecular biology. This race to clone, express and commercialise human genes is the focus of Nicolas Rasmussen's book... [Read More]