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Dr Victoria Burchell

Dr Victoria Burchell is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Padua in Italy, where her research focuses on mitochondria in cell death mechanisms. She also works as a freelance scientific proofreader and editor. She obtained her PhD from University College London (UCL)'s Institute of Neurology, where her research focused on the pathogenic mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease. Previously she studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and went on to work as a molecular biologist at Pfizer.


BioNews Review articles written by Dr Victoria Burchell:
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Film Review: Maximising the Health Benefits of Genetics and Genomics - An Introduction
28 May 2012 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
As a promotional tool to advertise the research funded by the Wellcome Trust, this short film aims both to enthuse and to inform. In both respects it's relatively successful, combining clear and engaging explanations of two projects with smart graphics and shots of impressive-looking equipment. Unfortunately, a slow and rather confusing start may discourage some viewers from reaching the main messages, all of which are in the second half... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Victoria Burchell:
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Twin birth rate on the rise due to assisted conception
15 February 2016 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
The combination of increased use of fertility treatments and rising maternal age has caused a doubling in the rate of twin births in developed countries over the last 40 years... [Read More]
Genetic variants linked to start of Huntington's symptoms
3 August 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A genome-wide study of over 4000 people with Huntington's disease has identified the location several new gene variants that influence the onset of disease symptoms... [Read More]
TV star in dispute over frozen embryos
5 May 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
The ex-fiancé of Sofía Vergara, star of TV show Modern Family, is suing her for custody of their frozen embryos... [Read More]
'Long life' gene might also protect against mental decline
2 February 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A genetic variant may not only help some people live longer, but also changes the way their brain ages, a study suggests.... [Read More]
Effects of common Parkinson's gene reversed in fruit flies
20 October 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A drug can reverse the effects of two Parkinson's disease-causing mutations in fruit flies, a study reports... [Read More]
Polygamy left its mark on human genome
29 September 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
The rise of the single mother may seem a rather modern phenomenon. But even before the first humans walked out of Africa 70,000 years ago, mothers have consistently outnumbered fathers, DNA analysis suggests... [Read More]
Offer screening in pregnancy for chromosome disorders earlier, say experts
11 August 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
Expectant mothers should be offered earlier screening for rare chromosomal conditions, the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) recommends... [Read More]
Computer program diagnoses genetic disorders from family photos
30 June 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
Genetic disorders are often so rare that patients never receive a genetic, or even a clinical, diagnosis. Now an everyday photo may be all that's needed, using a newly developed computer program to analyse facial structures... [Read More]
Trauma can be passed down through sperm
28 April 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
Stress in early life can alter the production of small sections of the genetic material RNA in the sperm of mice, affecting behaviour not only in the mice themselves but also in their offspring, research suggests... [Read More]
Experts back maternal blood test for Down's syndrome
10 March 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A test using a simple blood sample from the expectant mother should soon be the primary screening method for Down's syndrome, according to a report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)... [Read More]