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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]
 

Book Review: Modern Families - Parents and Children in New Family Forms

26 May 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Susan Golombok's 'Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms' challenges the assumption that the traditional nuclear family is the best environment in which to raise children... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Pint of Science Festival - From Sticky Sperm to Sugary Doughnuts

26 May 2015 - by Natalie Moska
Last week I attended a Pint of Science session entitled 'Sugar and Sperm' held at a floating pub on Albert Embankment in London - part of a worldwide festival hosting more than 600 evenings of science in 50 cities and eight countries as far afield as Australia and the USA... [Read More]
 

TV Review: The Olympic Journey - Born Winners

18 May 2015 - by Marco Narajos
'The Olympic Journey: Born Winners' sets out to answer the question 'Are winners born or made?' In the process, it offers a look into the science of what it takes to become a winner and addresses the consequences of genetic testing in the future of the sporting world... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Credit Card Baby

05 May 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
Annie Caulfield's play has some truly touching moments and clever insights into egg donation... [Read More]
 

Book Review: From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field

27 April 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The image of eugenics often portrayed in the media is reminiscent of the horrors of the early to middle 20th century. Legions of identical blond-haired, blue-eyed ubermenschen, backed by an authoritarian state with no room for diversity or difference. In 'From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance', Silvia Camporesi demolishes that image... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: The UK's Genetic Structure Revealed

20 April 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
This podcast by the Guardian's Science Weekly features an interview with Professor Peter Donnelly from the University of Oxford. As a part of the People of the British Isles project, his team has just mapped the DNA of 2,039 Caucasian Britons from all over rural UK revealing new insights into what it means to be British... [Read More]
 

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