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Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Chris Toumazou

20 October 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Professor Chris Toumazou had an unconventional route into science. The son of Greek Cypriot parents, as a child he often felt driven to swot up on science in an attempt to prove his smarts to doubting peers... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Humanity Enhanced - Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies

06 October 2014 - by James Storm
Russell Blackford's venture into heated human enhancement rhetoric feels very much like being plunged into the world of Andrew Niccol's 1997 film, Gattaca... [Read More]
 

Theatre Review: Breeders

29 September 2014 - by Daniel Malynn
This fast-paced comedy written by Ben Ockrent and directed by Tamara Harvey boasts an impressive cast, and deals with its themes in an honest and intelligent way... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Mum and Dad and Mum

22 September 2014 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand
Following a backbench debate in the House of Commons on mitochondrial donation on 1 September, BBC Radio 4 explored some of the issues raised by these high profile techniques aimed at preventing the transmission of mitochondrial disorders... [Read More]
 

Game Review: Spermania - The Race for Life

15 September 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
This little app for Android has been getting a bit of hype because (a) it’s kind of about sex (snigger like a seven-year-old) (b) it was designed by PinchPoint, based in Ramallah, Palestine (do concerned Guardian-reader face)... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy

08 September 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
BBC Radio 4 's 'The Report' ventured into the ethically controversial area of surrogacy, which made international media headlines following the recent baby Gammy controversy... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Science of Human Perfection - How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine

01 September 2014 - by James Storm
Surrounding yourself with books and journal articles on human enhancement will see you encounter the word 'eugenics' on a regular basis. The unfortunate thing about this word is that it has become bound to a particularly nasty piece of world history - and for many people this association is a reason to wince, whilst rejecting whichever idea or theory it is trying to re-associate itself with today.... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy

26 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The legal framework for the regulation and provision of assisted reproductive technologies is situated within enormous social change, not least in the construction of the family, personal health management and expectations around access to emerging medical technologies.... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Moral Maze - Surrogacy

18 August 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley
'Money can't buy you love but it can certainly buy you parenthood'. Or can it? Should it? And if it should, where and how should it be regulated?... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Truly Human Enhancement - A Philosophical Defence of Limits

11 August 2014 - by James Storm
Nicholas Agar has endeared himself to the enhancement debate by being a little bit afraid of 'post humans' – the real life supermen who could very well use their powers for evil and enslave the rest of humanity. It may come as no surprise then that Agar's latest venture into the debate continues in much the same vein.... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Man in the Monkeynut Coat - William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix

04 August 2014 - by Rhys Baker
This story about the forgotten road to the double helix argues that William Astbury deserves the same recognition as Crick and Watson. It is a very persuasive argument... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Breeders - A Subclass Of Women?

28 July 2014 - by Alice Plein
‘Breeders- A subclass of women?‘ provides both thought-provoking and uncomfortable moments but ultimately fails to convince as an anti-surrogacy polemic... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Genomic Sequencing - Why Is It Important and How Can It Help You?

21 July 2014 - by Dr Sarah Testori
Genetic Alliance UK held its annual conference to discuss and reflect on the advances in genomic sequencing and to ask (and answer) why is it important, and how can it help to improve disease treatment... [Read More]
 

Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

21 July 2014 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr John Appleby, Professor Stephen Wilkinson, Dr Anthony Wrigley and Dr Annelien Bredenoord
Ethical dimensions of the emerging technology of mitochondrial replacement were the focus of a symposium that took place on 25 June at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico City.... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Health Check - Fertility on a Shoestring

14 July 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad
South Africa has a hidden problem: suicides of women who are unable to conceive... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The New Viking Invasion

14 July 2014 - by Olivia Montuschi
Danish sperm accounts for a third of the sperm imported into the UK. But does it matter that so many children are being created with 'Viking' sperm?... [Read More]
 

Event Review: The Physiological Society's 2014 annual public lecture

07 July 2014 - by Molly Godfrey
A doctor by training and a researcher at the forefront of fertility studies, Professor Lord Robert Winston, pioneer in the field of IVF and PGD, discusses the implications of new techniques for genetically modifying embryos in the Physiological Society's 2014 annual public lecture... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Thinking Allowed - 'New' Biological Relatives and Kinship

30 June 2014 - by Ari Haque
Surprisingly, the theme of kinship is not explored in detail during this show. Instead, the speakers skirt around the topic and set the scene without going any further... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Letters to My Donor

17 June 2014 - by Kate Brian
Produced by the National Gamete Donation Trust, 'Letters to my donor' is a collection of letters from parents who have undergone or who are undergoing IVF using donor sperm or eggs to their gamete donor... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Resisting temptation - the biology of appetite

09 June 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
This Royal Institution event questions why so many of us overeat despite the huge amount of information available on appropriate calorie intake, and the biological factors that control our insatiable appetites for food... [Read More]
 

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