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Dr Sam Sherratt

Sam Sherratt is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He completed his PhD at University College London, where he researched the interaction between the human innate immune system and malaria. He previously obtained an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Nottingham, and he has a particular interest in the immune system and infectious diseases.

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Sam Sherratt:
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Podcast Review: Genome edited babies – Science Weekly, The Guardian
4 February 2019 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Last November, Dr He Jiankui, a former associate professor of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzen, China, made the announcement that he had created the first ever genome edited human children by using CRISPR to create mutations designed to make the children more resistant to HIV... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - The Future of Genomic Medicine
22 January 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Over the last few years we've seen a welcome explosion in the number of scientific podcasts aiming to spread the gospel about new research that may otherwise miss the attention of the mainstream media. With this in mind, I recently sat down to listen to an episode of Naked Genetics, a weekly podcast covering the 'latest genetics news and breakthroughs from the DNA world'... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Sam Sherratt:
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Pregnancy stress linked to lower sperm counts in adult sons
3 June 2019 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Sons whose mothers experienced high levels of stress during their first 18 weeks of pregnancy may have reduced fertility when they become adults... [Read More]
Native American man's DNA traced back 17,000 years
13 May 2019 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
A Native American man in Montana has the 'oldest' human DNA in the United States, according to news reports... [Read More]
WHO forms human genome editing panel in wake of controversy
18 February 2019 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
The World Health Organization is convening an 18-member committee of scientific experts from around the globe next month with the goal of developing international standards for the oversight of human genome editing... [Read More]
Prenatal tests provide largest genetic study of Chinese people
8 October 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
The largest genetic analysis of China's population to date has been carried out on over 140,000 pregnant women, revealing new insights into migration patterns and disease risk in Chinese people... [Read More]
Doctors warn of ignoring downsides of social egg freezing
13 August 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Women who freeze their eggs for social reasons need to be better informed about the potential difficulties of the process, experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have warned... [Read More]
DNA damage from CRISPR 'seriously underestimated'
23 July 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing may cause greater genetic damage to cells than previously believed, according to a new study... [Read More]
Cambodian raid finds 33 pregnant surrogates, with trafficking charges brought
2 July 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Police in Cambodia have discovered 33 pregnant women who were working as part of an illegal surrogacy operation in Phnom Penh... [Read More]
UC Berkeley to gain two US CRISPR patents
18 June 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
The US Patent and Trademark Office has decided to grant two new CRISPR patents to the University of California, Berkeley... [Read More]
US Court of Appeals hears CRISPR patent case
7 May 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
After three years of intense legal battles over the patent rights to CRISPR genome editing technology, lawyers for the University of California Berkeley and the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts faced off in court again... [Read More]
Women selected for mitochondrial donation in UK
5 February 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has granted permission for doctors to create the UK's first 'three-person' children by mitochondrial donation.