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Seil Collins

Seil Collins was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and works at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Previously, she studied Chemistry at the University of Leeds and went on to obtain an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. She has also worked at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and has interned at the Science Media Centre and at the Science Museum's Dana Centre.

BioNews News articles written by Seil Collins:
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New report on 'Genetics and Mainstream Medicine' published
28 March 2011 - by Seil Collins
A report published by the PHG Foundation argues there needs to be fairer access to genetics in mainstream medicine. It concludes that the UK's current approach to diffusing specialist genomic knowledge and applications into mainstream medical practice is not effective.... [Read More]
Elton John and partner announce the birth of their first surrogate child
10 January 2011 - by Seil Collins
Elton John and David Furnish announced the birth of their first child, Zachary Kackson Levon Furnish-John born on Christmas day to a surrogate mother in California.... [Read More]
Wales pioneers genetic testing for heart condition
13 December 2010 - by Seil Collins
A genetic testing service to identify people with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is being rolled out across Wales. The service follows two successful FH testing pilots - one in England and one in Wales... [Read More]
Campaign in North West hopes to encourage more sperm donors
29 November 2010 - by Seil Collins
The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), together with fertility clinic Manchester Fertility Services, has launched an initiative to recruit sperm donors in the North-West of England.... [Read More]
Painkillers in pregnancy linked to sons' fertility
15 November 2010 - by Seil Collins
New preliminary research suggests a possible link between the use of mild painkillers during pregnancy and the birth of male children with congenital cryptorchidism, more commonly known as undescended testes, a condition which reduces male fertility. The rates of undescended testes seen in the study remained relatively low....
Controversy over sickle cell testing of athletes in US
27 September 2010 - by Seil Collins
The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has introduced new legislation requiring all incoming students at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics to be tested for sickle cell trait. The testing, which will affect approximately 170,000 incoming student-athletes, is being watched closely as a case study of modern large-scale genetic screening...
Fresh evidence smoking damages fertility
13 September 2010 - by Seil Collins
Two new studies have revealed further evidence of the harmful effect of smoking on both male and female fertility... [Read More]
Rush of applicants, as Quebec begins funded IVF treatment
26 July 2010 - by Seil Collins
The provincial government of Quebec is fulfilling its promise to provide free IVF treatment, with the service becoming available on 5 August 2010. Prospective patients are already lining up to register for the programme, but specialists warn the government's plan is premature and ill thought-out.... [Read More]
What's driving UK fertility tourism? First study published
5 July 2010 - by Seil Collins
Expensive UK fertility treatment and long waiting times related to a shortage of egg and sperm donors are the major reasons people seek fertility treatment abroad, according to the first academic study into cross-border reproductive care.... [Read More]
FDA questions five US companies about unapproved genetic testing
28 June 2010 - by Seil Collins
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told five US companies that the genetic tests they sell directly to consumers are unapproved.... [Read More]