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Stevienna de Saille

BioNews Comment articles written by Stevienna de Saille:

Whose family is it anyway?

15 October 2012 - by Stevienna de Saille

In 'Whose Sperm is it Anyway?', Dr Anna Smajdor writes that the law should not be changed to require spousal consent for the donation of sperm. While I do not disagree with this assertion, we should perhaps not be so quick to dismiss the claim for gametes as 'marital assets' solely because of the terms upon which it is based... [Read More]

To twin or not to twin? That is the (unasked) question

23 January 2012 - by Stevienna de Saille

A recent spate of articles celebrating the birth of an IVF 'twin' five years after her brother left me perplexed. Why was this news, when embryo freezing has been in use since the mid-1980s? And as the children were not identical by what definition were they twins?

Is sex selection illegal and immoral?

28 March 2011 - by Stevienna de Saille

The use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for sex selection has proven extremely controversial in the UK, where the procedure is illegal unless medically justified to avoid producing a child with a sex-linked genetic disorder, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One reason often given for the restrictions is the fear that the technology will be used mainly to select male embryos... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Stevienna de Saille:

Book Review: Human Genes and Neoliberal Governance - A Foucauldian Critique

20 June 2011 - by Stevienna de Saille

Arising from Dr Antoinette Rouvroy's doctoral research, Human Genes and Neoliberal Governance was originally published as a hardback in 2008, but has only recently become available in a paperback edition affordable to the general reader. In between those two dates much has happened in the field of genetics and governance, both globally and in the UK... [Read More]


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