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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 Jen Willows and Marieke Bigg, 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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Genome editing seems safe suggests first study in US patients
11 November 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Early results from the first clinical trial to use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in three cancer patients in the USA suggest the approach is safe... [Read More]
Alcohol causes epigenetic brain changes that could trigger cravings
4 November 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The breakdown products of alcohol can travel to the brain and alter gene activity, which in turn could influence behaviour, suggests a new study in mice... [Read More]
World's first transplanted cornea made from stem cells is success
9 September 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A team in Japan has successfully carried out the world's first transplant of corneal tissue made from human iPS cells... [Read More]
Brain waves detected in lab-grown mini-brains for first time
2 September 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Human mini-brains grown from stem cells in the lab, have shown electrical activity on a par with that of premature, newborn baby brains... [Read More]
Declaration on genome editing released by biotech companies
2 September 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Companies harnessing genome-editing technology have announced their own declaration on the use of the technology... [Read More]
China approves ethics advisory group almost a year after CRISPR scandal
12 August 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
China has approved a national research ethics committee to advise its government, following the 'CRISPR-babies' scandal last year... [Read More]
Experts speak out on direct-to-consumer genetic testing
22 July 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Geneticists in the UK have been speaking out against direct-to-consumer DNA testing after concerns over false positive results... [Read More]
Scientist lines up couples for genome-edited babies
8 July 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A Russian scientist who announced his intention to create genome-edited babies last month, has now revealed details of his plan... [Read More]
ICSI no better than IVF for routine infertility cases
26 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The increasingly popular technique ICSI has no advantages over IVF in treating cases not related to male infertility, according to a new study... [Read More]
Men in their fifties have reduced success in fertility treatment
26 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The chance of success with fertility treatment using IVF or ICSI decreases if a man is over 51, according to a new study... [Read More]