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Dr Yvonne Collins

Dr Yvonne Collins was previously Genetics Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She is also a freelance writer and editor for biotech, and has worked as a Content Manager at Qiagen. She has a PhD in Mitochondrial Biology from the University of Cambridge, and she originally studied Biology at Imperial College London. She enjoys travelling the world, baking bread and dancing rock 'n' roll.

BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Yvonne Collins:
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IVF and Women's Health: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Find Out?
22 March 2021 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
It's not often you come away from an event thinking 'wow, that could really save lives'... [Read More]
How Old Is Too Old to Be a Parent?
26 October 2020 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Fertility and ageing were the focus of the second instalment of a two-part event held online by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation
21 September 2020 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Donor conception was the focus of the event Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation, held online by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), the charity that publishes BioNews, in partnership with the University of Manchester... [Read More]
Donor conception and direct-to-consumer DNA testing
24 June 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes BioNews, held a public event in London to discuss direct-to-consumer genetic testing in relation to donor anonymity... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Yvonne Collins:
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Book Review: Rebel Cell – Cancer, evolution and the science of life
21 June 2021 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Cancer has plagued humans throughout history, but it's not a uniquely human affliction – it can be found lurking in virtually every living creature going as far back as the dinosaurs... [Read More]
Event Review: Curing the Incurable – The promises of genome editing
15 March 2021 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Scientific American in partnership with Cellectis, hosted a virtual event to explore genome editing and its use in the clinic. Three pioneers of the field were invited to discuss the early days of genome editing, new technologies and future challenges... [Read More]
Podcast Review: DNA and Me
7 December 2020 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
This BBC podcast focuses on direct-to-consumer DNA tests and identity... [Read More]
Book Review: Gene Eating - The Science of Obesity and the Truth about Diets
27 August 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
It's never been easier to eat more and move less, so it's no surprise that the worldwide prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since the 1980s. With so much 'advice' at our fingertips, whose guidance do we follow and how do we get to the truth? ... [Read More]
Event Review: How to Grow a Human
17 June 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
What does it mean to be human? It's not a question I'd given much thought until hearing science writer Philip Ball's talk on 'How to Grow a Human'... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Yvonne Collins:
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Dutch stem cell bank loses samples
17 February 2020 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Dutch stem cell bank Cryo-Save has misplaced thousands of stem cell samples while transferring them from facilities across Europe to Poland... [Read More]
EPO officially cancel the Broad Institute's CRISPR patent
20 January 2020 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The European Patent Office announced that it will uphold an earlier ruling to retract a key CRISPR/Cas9 patent held by the Broad Institute... [Read More]
Human 'mini-brains' give evolutionary insights
21 October 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Human brain development occurs as a slower pace compared to other primates, according to a new study using 'mini brains' from stem cells... [Read More]
Child cancer patients' stem cells lost in freezer failure
30 September 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
A children's hospital in the USA has reported a malfunction of a freezer used to store the stem cells of cancer patients... [Read More]
Epigenetic study reveals facial features of ancient human
23 September 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The first portrait of the anatomy of an extinct group of ancient humans known as Denisovans has been created based on epigenetic changes... [Read More]
Novel method uses human stem cells to mimic early embryos
16 September 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Scientists have developed a new device that uses iPSCs to create the most advanced artificial model of early human embryo development... [Read More]
Study reveals genes linked to left-handedness
9 September 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
A new genome-wide association study has identified specific gene regions that can influence left-handedness and differences in brain organisation which may be linked to better verbal skills... [Read More]
Human-monkey hybrid embryos grown in China, claim researchers
12 August 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
A team of scientists in the USA and Spain claims to have produced human-monkey hybrid embryos in China... [Read More]
Japanese scientist gets approval to create human-animal embryos
5 August 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The Japanese Government has approved the first human-animal embryo experiments which could eventually lead to a new source of organs for transplant... [Read More]
Gene that cloaks cancer cells from the immune system found
22 July 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Researchers have identified a gene, active in the early stages of development, that may help conceal cancers from common immunotherapy treatment... [Read More]