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Sam Sherratt

Sam Sherratt is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He is currently studying for a PhD at University College London, where he is researching 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 Sam Sherratt:
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Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - The Future of Genomic Medicine
22 January 2018 - by 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 Sam Sherratt:
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Prenatal tests provide largest genetic study of Chinese people
8 October 2018 - by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
US lesbian couple's parental rights upheld after sperm donor asserts paternity
29 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt
A New York appeal court has ruled that a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple has no legal right to demand a paternity test for the resulting child... [Read More]
Offer egg freezing to all with medical need, say guidelines
8 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt
The NHS should offer patients the chance to freeze their eggs before they receive treatments that could damage their fertility, say new guidelines published by the British Fertility Society.
Gene therapy shows 'mind-blowing' success in treating haemophilia A
18 December 2017 - by Sam Sherratt
A new gene therapy for haemophilia A has exceeded expectations in a recent clinical trial... [Read More]