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Podcast Review: The ethics of growing human embryos in the lab

25 July 2016 - by Wendy Suffield
Should the current 14-day limit for growing human embryos in the lab be extended in light of recent breakthroughs? This was the question posed in the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast following news that embryos have been successfully developed for 13 days... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Dear Baby Mine

25 July 2016 - by Rachel Reeves
Dear Baby Mine is a Radio 4 drama based on the true story of Conor, who is diagnosed with azoospermia, and the emotional rollercoaster that ensues... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Genetic Screening and Respect for Persons

18 July 2016 - by Amina Yonis
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is improving all the time, and the tests may soon be offered to all pregnant women on the NHS. This event explored how to ensure that prospective mothers are properly counselled to make informed decisions about their pregnancy... [Read More]
 

Event Review: The Ethics of Human Artificial Gametes

11 July 2016 - by Dr John B Appleby and Dr César Palacios-González
A symposium titled 'The Ethics of Human Artificial Gametes' was recently held at the International Association of Bioethics 13th World Congress of Bioethics in Edinburgh to discuss the ethics of human artificial gametes... [Read More]
 

Event Review: International Association of Bioethics Congress

04 July 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
Bioethics conferences don't get much bigger than this – the International Association of Bioethics Congress drew 700 attendees to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre... [Read More]
 

Video Review: What If My Neighbour's Kid Was Genetically Modified?

04 July 2016 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Paul Knoepfler's TEDx talk covers familiar ground – designer babies, segregation between 'natural' and GM children, unintended side effects, playing god, and eugenics all feature in his dystopian vision of a future involving genetically modified humans... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Contact

27 June 2016 - by Andrew Powell
Contact gives us a view of the judiciary from a lesbian, lay client - precisely how is a 'white, straight male in his 60s' going to make a decision about a little girl, her same-sex female parents and her heterosexual father?... [Read More]
 

Theatre Review: The Quiet House

27 June 2016 - by Daniel Malynn
Gareth Farr's play is almost too realistic, too honest, and features raw and completely unguarded performances... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Discounted Life - The Price of Global Surrogacy in India

20 June 2016 - by Ëlo Luik
Discounted Life is a captivating look into the lives of the women who constituted the production line of India's surrogacy industry at a time when it was still legal and booming... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Born in Bradford

20 June 2016 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
The Born in Bradford study, which began in 2007, has recorded data prospectively from 12,000 mothers, 4000 fathers and their 14,000 children born in Bradford General Hospital... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Panorama – Medicine's Big Breakthrough: Editing Your Genes

13 June 2016 - by Rhys Baker
Over just 30 minutes Fergus Walsh has a lot of ground to cover here without even touching on the ethical debate. Yet, while gene editing may have 'just been made simple', how we respond to these stunning advances is anything but... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Postponing childbirth, extending fertility? Biotechnologies and the transformations of reproductive life

06 June 2016 - by Dr Nolwenn Bühler
At the same as news broke of an Indian couple in their 70s becoming parents for the first time, a group of researchers met to reflect on the postponement of childbirth and the role of biotechnology in the extension of fertility... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Dangerous Visions - Brave New World

06 June 2016 - by Susan Tranfield
The latest episode in Radio 4's Dangerous Visions series is a new adaptation of Aldhous Huxley's iconic dystopian novel, set just 100 years in the future... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Dangerous Visions - Produce

31 May 2016 - by Kriss Fearon
'Produce' is an intriguing and believable portrayal of how parents might act when faced with the chance to decide what genes to give to their future child... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Surrogacy in the 21st century – rethinking assumptions, reforming law

23 May 2016 - by Daniel Malynn
The wheels of reform in the area of surrogacy law are slowly getting in motion, a conference in London heard this month... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Future Baby

09 May 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney
Austrian documentary film-maker Maria Arlamovsky journeys around the world, investigating the state of reproductive treatment. Her film asks a single question: how far should we go?
 

Book Review: Not In Your Genes - The Real Reasons Children Are Like Their Parents

03 May 2016 - by Dr Ross Cloney
Oliver James's new book shows little understanding of genetics, instead offering a media-friendly caricature of 'one gene = one trait', while focusing solely on parenting styles to explain human behaviour... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Herding Hemingway's Cats

25 April 2016 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar
Dr Kat Arney guides us through the weird and wonderful and convoluted mess that is genetics, but manages to make the complicated concepts accessible... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Society of Genes

18 April 2016 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
This book is clearly, if not beautifully, written, and remarkably concise. If you're looking for a 'what's hot in genetics in 2016', it isn't a bad place to start... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Health data - better care or privacy nightmare?

11 April 2016 - by Ari Haque
This discussion stayed too safe. Panellists came equipped with relevant case studies and analogies to demonstrate their opinions, but did not challenge each other or the audience as much as they could have... [Read More]
 

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