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Shaoni Bhattacharya

Science Editor

Shaoni Bhattacharya is Science Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). Together with her fellow BioNews editors Martha Henriques and Jennifer Willows, she runs the BioNews writing scheme, which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students. She is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes for Nature, the Royal Society and the European Commission 's online science magazine Horizon. Previously, she was News Editor at New Scientist magazine.

Shaoni has written for a wide variety of other publications including the Mail on Sunday, Psychologies, the GP magazine Pulse, and the Daily Express. She also acts as a consultant for television, including for Love Productions, and she contributes to non-fiction books. She is coauthor of four pregnancy and parenting titles published by Dorling Kindersley including The Pregnant Body Book (buy this book from Amazon UK), which won a Medical Book Award from the British Medical Association in the 'Popular Medicine' category. Her interests include literature, the arts and nature, and she is fascinated by the crossover of art and science. She contributes to - and is an Associate Editor of - the website Arts and Humanities as Higher Education.

BioNews Comment articles written by Shaoni Bhattacharya:
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Dr Roy Farquharson: On ESHRE, big data, IVF, and the downsides of taking a kilt to a conference
2 July 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Dr Roy Farquharson, chair of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, spoke exclusively to BioNews ahead of Europe's biggest embryology and reproductive medicine conference, which opened on Sunday 1 July in Barcelona, Spain. With up to 12,000 participants expected, ESHRE's¬†annual conference¬†will be the largest in the society's 34-year history... [Read More]
Baroness Mary Warnock interview: on the 14-day rule, philosophers as committee chairs, and the next report
30 April 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Almost 34 years ago, Baroness Mary Warnock headed up a committee whose report was to form the basis for the legislation and regulation of IVF and embryo research the world over... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Shaoni Bhattacharya:
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100,000 Genomes Project hits landmark sequencing goal
10 December 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The UK reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 patient genomes last week... [Read More]
First baby born from womb transplant from deceased donor
10 December 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The world's first baby has been born from a uterus transplanted into a woman from a dead donor... [Read More]
Professor Sir David Wetherall obituary: 'iconic' scientist dies
10 December 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The UK scientist Professor Sir David Weatherall, who was the first to show that a gene deletion could cause a human disease, has passed away... [Read More]
Birth of first genome-edited babies causes furore
26 November 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The first births from genome-edited human embryos have been announced by a Chinese researcher amid widespread condemnation, and fears over safety... [Read More]
Heart stem cell trial 'paused' in wake of study retraction
5 November 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A US government agency has 'paused' a trial of stem cell treatment for heart failure following calls for 31 scientific papers to be retracted... [Read More]
New CRISPR tool opens up more of the genome
29 October 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Researchers have identified a new enzyme to make the genome editing approach, CRISPR, able to target more locations within the genome... [Read More]
Skeletal stem cells discovered in humans
24 September 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Scientists have found sources of skeletal stem cells in humans for the first time... [Read More]
Report warns against universal screening of babies' genomes
20 August 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The universal screening of babies' genomes at birth is not 'inevitable', according to a new report from a US bioethics organisation... [Read More]
DNA shed by embryos could offer non-invasive testing
5 July 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
DNA shed from early embryos could one day provide an alternative way of genetically testing them without having to do a biopsy, suggests a small pilot study... [Read More]
100-year-old method of fallopian flushing works years later
4 July 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
New results from an ongoing study, which previously suggested that 'flushing' the fallopian tubes with poppyseed oil might increase the chances of conception and reduce the need for IVF, indicate that the procedure continues to improve the chances of conception three years after it has been carried out... [Read More]