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TV Review: Having Our Baby - The Surrogacy Boom

24 April 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
'Having our baby: The surrogacy boom' is an informative account of the processes involved in undergoing surrogacy in Canada. The documentary wrangles with the emotional, ethical and legal issues that stem from commissioning a Canadian surrogate, and looks at some of the perverse implications of Canada's criminalisation of commercial surrogacy... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Seriously - The Great Egg Freeze

10 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The contradictions of the burgeoning egg freezing industry are lucidly demonstrated out in The Great Egg Freeze, a radio documentary by journalist Fi Glover. Part of Radio 4's 'Seriously…' strand of 'quirky, curious and seriously interesting documentaries', the programme packs an impressive range of viewpoints into its 31 minutes, presenting the burgeoning 'social egg freezing' market through the eyes of customers, employers, and medical professionals... [Read More]
 

Event Review: The future of female fertility? Egg freezing and social change

03 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
Can egg freezing be considered a feminist technology? Should we really be addressing the failures of a social fabric that requires women to preserve their fertility at all? This event was an exciting opening to an urgently needed discussion and is the first in a series of 'fertile conversations' that should be eagerly anticipated... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: CRISPR Updated

27 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Radiolab explores the science, the uses and the ethics of CRISPR in this podcast that was two years in the making... [Read More]
 

Video Review: The God Cells – A Fetal Stem Cell Journey

20 March 2017 - by Caroline Casey
The story of fetal-derived stem cells is explored in this documentary, from the ethics of how they're sourced and the clinical benefits some say they offer, to the barriers to licencing and their wider use... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Moondance

13 March 2017 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
How can you long for someone who doesn't exist? Diane Chandler's second novel charts the story of Cat and Dom as they attempt to have a child through fertility treatment... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics – Testing, testing

06 March 2017 - by Matthew Thomas
Dr Kat Arney leads a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of genetic testing – from testing for cancer genes to whether your child's DNA can predict their future sporting ability... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Introducing Epigenetics - A Graphic Guide

27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater
'Introducing Epigenetics: A graphic guide' is a mini-textbook pitched as a non-fiction comic book. Despite the colourful cover and perky graphics inside, this book does not make for light reading... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Dish Life

20 February 2017 - by Paul Waldron
Dish Life, the last of four films made for Cambridge Shorts, takes a quirky look at the daily life of a stem cell researcher... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Revisiting the 14-Day Rule

30 January 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
Matthew Hill covers the 30-year history of the 14-day rule on human embryo research, bringing the topic right up to the present day and the current debate on extending the rule... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: The Naked Scientists - All human life is here

23 January 2017 - by Rachel Siden
In this podcast, Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz and Sarah Norcross discuss the current UK ban on researching human embryos in the lab for longer than 14 days... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: Big Unknowns – can we stop ageing?

16 January 2017 - by Matthew Thomas
Is ageing inevitable, or can it be stopped? The Guardian Science Weekly podcast explored the latest thinking in the science of ageing... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Avalanche – A Love Story

09 January 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
Avalanche is a courageous and intimate account of Australian novelist Julia Leigh's attempts to have a child through IVF... [Read More]
 

Video Review: Do kids think of sperm donors as family?

09 January 2017 - by Lucas Taylor
The question of who constitutes family is a modern philosophical quandary. Given the debate in this area, Veerle Provoost's TED talk is quite topical... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Panorama – Inside Britain's Fertility Business

05 December 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie
Panorama's investigation into the use of 'add-ons' in private fertility clinics is a novel mixture of undercover journalism and a high-quality systematic review of the clinical evidence... [Read More]
 

Video Review: Prenatal Genetic Testing – Making an Informed Decision

28 November 2016 - by Dr Helen O'Neill
When it comes to prenatal genetic testing and screening, informed consent is crucial. These seven videos from the US help patients to understand what's involved... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Where Science and Ethics Meet – Dilemmas at the Frontiers of Medicine and Biology

21 November 2016 - by Cassandra Dighton
This introduction to ethics in medicine is no dreary textbook, but is a stimulating conversation starter and a welcome addition to any ethics bookshelf... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: Ethics and Genetics – Opening the Book of Life

14 November 2016 - by Rachel Siden
This podcast from the Guardian's Science Weekly series is a good introduction to the ethical questions surrounding genetic technologies... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Life Scientific – Ian Wilmut on Dolly the Sheep

14 November 2016 - by Jenny Sharpe
Dolly the sheep was undoubtedly the world's most famous sheep – but how did she come to be, and what did she mean to her creator, Professor Sir Ian Wilmut?... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Redesigning Life – How Genome Editing will Transform the World

07 November 2016 - by Annabel Slater
Dr John Parrington thinks the ethics of genome editing should be shaped by scientifically informed public debate, and he hopes his book will provide a starting point... [Read More]
 

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