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Joanna brings more than 20 years’ experience writing about a wide range of scientific topics in biosciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. After a PhD in Molecular Toxicology, Joanna began a career in science publishing, as associate editor on Drug Discovery Today and later as senior editor, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. In 2007, she joined one of the world’s largest biomedical charities, Cancer Research UK, specializing in plain language science communications for patients and the public. Joanna has been a freelance writer since 2017, covering all biomedical topics with a focus on oncology, pharmacology and drug discovery.


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Five Innovations in Cell-Based Therapy
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Five Innovations in Cell-Based Therapy

Download this listicle to learn about recent advances in cell-based therapies including off-the-shelf chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, engineered T-cell receptor therapy and mesenchymal stem cell therapies.
Sequencing the Microbiome: Five Recent Advances
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Sequencing the Microbiome: Five Recent Advances

Download this listicle to discover recent research highlights such as the role of the microbiome in food allergies, sequencing microbiome dynamics and overturning conventions in human urology.
Cryopreservation: Applications and Advances
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Cryopreservation: Applications and Advances

In this article, we explore the challenges with cryopreservation and the emerging advances that could improve these methods.
Advances in Antibody Screening
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Advances in Antibody Screening

In this article, we explore recent developments in antibody screening that can quickly identify and prioritize antibodies for further development.
Exploring the Human Chronobiome and Precision Medicine Approaches
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Exploring the Human Chronobiome and Precision Medicine Approaches

We recently spoke with Carsten Skarke, MD, the McNeil Fellow in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania to learn more about his work on the human chronobiome, its relevance in terms of timing the delivery of therapeutics and developing precision medicines.
New Frontiers in Pharmacokinetics
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New Frontiers in Pharmacokinetics

In this article, we look at two factors that may impact the pharmacokinetics of drugs; our gender, and the microbes we share our body with.
The Global Push for a COVID-19 Vaccine
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The Global Push for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Worldwide, researchers are racing to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Many different parties within the scientific community are working to develop a vaccine – from scientists who have dedicated their careers to the study of coronaviruses, to specialists in vaccine design from both academia and industry, to those in other disciplines who have redirected their efforts to combat this global health threat. In this article, we meet some of the teams who are at the forefront of this endeavor.
Six Steps Towards Understanding the Microbiome and Cancer
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Six Steps Towards Understanding the Microbiome and Cancer

In cancer, rapidly emerging evidence suggests that the microbiome influences disease progression in a myriad of direct and indirect ways. In this listicle, we look at recent research developments directed towards exploring the emerging “oncomicrobiome”.
Diverse Applications of High-Content and High-Throughput Screening
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Diverse Applications of High-Content and High-Throughput Screening

In this article, we use COVID-19 and cancer to illustrate the range of screening tools at our fingertips today.
Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment
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Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment

In this article, we learn why it’s not just the tumor itself that needs to be targeted and hear about research that aims to exploit the tumor microenvironment.
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