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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]
 

Radio Review: Intelligence: Born Smart, Born Equal, Born Different

28 May 2014 - by Ari Haque
The controversy posed by the question of how much genetics can influence intelligence and, in turn, the dilemma posed by what this should mean for educational policy are presented in a balanced, reasoned manner here... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Orphan Black

19 May 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Orphan Black is a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller about human cloning that raises questions about control of personal genetic information, the harms of non-invasive research and the nature of family... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Relative Strangers - Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception

12 May 2014 - by Sarah Norcross
I don't often put my hand up to review books when they pop through the letterbox. Normally, after the pleasure of opening the parcel and inhaling the scent of fresh book, I quickly put it on someone else's desk... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Pursuit of Motherhood

06 May 2014 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
This journey through one woman's seven-year quest to conceive could be best described as a cross between Eat, Pray, Love and Bridget Jones’ Diary... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: One to One - Jane Hill Meets Caroline Harding

28 April 2014 - by Amy Reed
In two poignant interviews for the One to One series on BBC Radio 4, Jane Hill first meets mother of three, Caroline Harding. Caroline has not one, but two children with the genetic disorder, hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED).... [Read More]
 

TV Review: The £60,000 Puppy - Cloning Man's Best Friend

28 April 2014 - by Daniel Malynn
A weird mix of X Factor and Tomorrow's World, awash with sob stories used by the owners to justify the need to clone their dog, together with brief moments of explanation of the science and ethics of cloning... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Dead Famous DNA

14 April 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
Although this show jumped to conclusions about what the DNA of famous people could tell us, its ridiculous premise was amusing enough to keep viewers entertained... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Veronica van Heyningen

07 April 2014 - by Amy Reed
In this week's episode of The Life Scientific, presenter (and physicist) Professor Jim Al-Khalili interviews the recently retired geneticist and discoverer of the PAX6 gene, Professor Veronica van Heyningen.... [Read More]
 

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