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TV Review: Countdown to Life, The Extraordinary Making of You - The First Eight Weeks

28 September 2015 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
About forty years ago meetings of the London Dysmorphology Club were held at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This club set out to document the clinical features of childhood congenital disorders and to give as precise a label as possible to the underlying conditions, most of which were extremely rare.... [Read More]

Video Review: Data in the 100,000 Genomes Project

28 September 2015 - by Sarah Pritchard
Genomics England has produced a short animated film to explain exactly what happens to the data it is collecting as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project. After watching it, I feel that I know exactly where my data would go if I was to take part in the project, and that they would be guarded like the crown jewels... [Read More]

Radio Review: FutureProofing - Life

21 September 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The key question of the 21st century may turn out to be: 'Who are we and what will we become?' This question and the implications of its potential answers are explored in 'FutureProofing: Life', which sets out to understand the field of synthetic biology... [Read More]

Film Review: Eggsploitation - Maggie's Story

14 September 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
This documentary short film produced by the California-based Centre for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) is a sequel to their 2010 film 'Eggsploitation'. My heartfelt congratulations for an obvious but nonetheless awesome pun. But, sadly, that is where my congratulations end for this film... [Read More]

Book Review: Biotechnolog/Cloning and Stem Cells

07 September 2015 - by Rhys Baker
'What is Ethics?' A seemingly innocent question asked by a 14-year-old student in my first year as a teacher. I struggled for a reply. Since then, I have been on the lookout for any resource that clarifies this question... [Read More]

Book Review: Donor Conception for Life - Psychoanalytic Reflections on New Ways of Conceiving the Family

01 September 2015 - by Berenice Golding
Drawing upon professional and personal perspectives, this book renders visible some of the hidden issues that prevail when donor conception is used to build a family... [Read More]

Book Review: The Story Within - Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity

24 August 2015 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Over 30 years ago, those who taught clinical genetics to medical students and other health professionals focussed on the triple difficulty of explaining a genetic disease, its inheritance pattern and its scientific basis. Now, there is a growing literature of personal memoirs, wonderfully exemplified by this splendid monograph... [Read More]

Book Review: You Share Genes with Me

17 August 2015 - by James Brooks
23andMe, the biomedical wing of the industrial personal-data complex, has produced a board book for toddlers. The End Times draw near... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Should we genetically screen four-year-olds?

10 August 2015 - by Matthew Thomas
The Guardian's science editor Ian Sample discusses research by Professor Robert Plomin on the importance of genes in academic achievement, and the consequences of this research for education policy... [Read More]

Radio Review: Rewinding the Menopause

10 August 2015 - by Barbara Czub
In this Radio 4 programme, Dr Aarathi Prasad investigates new research that is overturning decades-old assumptions about how human eggs are produced and what causes the menopause... [Read More]

TV Review: Great Ormond Street - Fix My Genes

27 July 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
In Great Ormond Street, we meet three families all facing rare genetic immune diseases. The documentary witnesses the utter anguish the families go through and the heartbreaking decisions parents have to make... [Read More]

Book Review: Reproductive Donation

20 July 2015 - by Ëlo Luik
Donor conception continues to mobilise resistance and concern. How, when, under which conditions and by whom reproductive donation should be accessed remains a divisive and controversial issue... [Read More]

Radio Review: Science Stories - DNA's Third Man

20 July 2015 - by Paul Waldron
'Do you know who Maurice Wilkins is?' I put this question to a number of my friends, most of them scientists, and got a series of blank looks. Only one knew who he was, and she had a degree in the history and philosophy of science... [Read More]

Film Review: The Lion's Mouth Opens

13 July 2015 - by Julia Hill
Julia Hill reviews 'The Lion's Mouth Opens', a moving portrait of Huntington's Disease... [Read More]

Radio Review: Banking on Birmingham - the National Sperm Bank

06 July 2015 - by Ceri Durham
Banking on Birmingham: the National Sperm Bank was a half-hour documentary on BBC Radio 4 that looked at the opening of a new national British sperm bank in Birmingham... [Read More]

Theatre Review: The Waiting Room

22 June 2015 - by Jane Morris
It takes an ambitious and courageous playwright to take on the challenging and emotive subject of IVF. Some may even regard it as foolish to delve into a topic that combines science, religion, politics and ethics... [Read More]

Radio Review: Woman's Hour/Drawing the Line - When IVF Doesn't Work

15 June 2015 - by Sarah Pritchard
How do couples who have undergone unsuccessful cycles of IVF decide when enough is enough? Should people try to set a personal 'limit' of cycles before treatment begins? And what support is out there if treatment doesn't work?... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Business of Genetic Ancestry

08 June 2015 - by Matthew Thomas
'Genetics is messy and history is foggy. We are a species that is mobile and horny.' That is how Adam Rutherford quite accurately sums up the quest for understanding the human story in his documentary... [Read More]

Book Review: Bioscience, Governance and Politics

01 June 2015 - by Ëlo Luik
John Gillott explores continuity and change in UK science governance and the effect contemporary governance regimes are having on science research... [Read More]

Book Review: One Plus One Equals One - Symbiosis and the Evolution of Complex Life

01 June 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Professor John Archibald masterfully tells the incredible tale of passionate scientists, their hair-raising experiments, and the ancient cellular alliances that spawned multicellular life as we know it... [Read More]


Published by the Progress Educational Trust

The Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: The Science and Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 9 December 2015

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