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Radio Review: PM - Our Fertility Journey

11 December 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
Despite concerted efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding fertility struggles, there still appears to be a 'facelessness' to this incredibly common issue, which suggests that fertility is still very much a taboo subject... [Read More]
 

Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre

04 December 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Of Kith and Kin is a play about surrogacy that seems to have very little to say about surrogacy... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Darwin Lecture: from gene identification to clinical benefit - the example of cystic fibrosis

27 November 2017 - by Lea Goetz
The Darwin lecture held at the UK's Royal Society of Medicine in London, and jointly organised with the Linnean Society, gives an annual look at topics in science and medicine.... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Inside Out London - Eggs on ice

06 November 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a 33-year-old single woman, who also happens to work in a fertility clinic, babies are unsurprisingly never far from my mind. I spend a lot of time wondering whether I should freeze my eggs. A lot... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Manchester Science Festival - Reproduction 2.0

30 October 2017 - by Laura O'Donovan
Almost forty years have passed since the 1978 birth of Louise Brown – the first IVF baby – launched a revolution in reproductive medicine resulting in over 250,000 births in the UK alone... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Bioinformation

16 October 2017 - by Ryan Ross
Since 2011, Polity Books has published a number of books in its 'Resources Series', which have focused on subjects like diamonds, oil and timber. Yet its forthcoming volume marks something of a shift, for its focus is bioinformation... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - Exposing the Contents of Your Genes

09 October 2017 - by Cara Foley
'Would you donate your genome?' Straight to the point, the introduction immediately grabbed my attention. Genome donation wasn't something I had even considered before listening to this podcast, so I was very curious to learn more... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: 'The Why Factor: Surrogacy' BBC World Service

02 October 2017 - by Melissa Elsworth
Why would a woman choose to carry a baby for another person? Should money be involved? Does surrogacy exploit vulnerable women? And what other ethical issues are involved in the surrogacy process?... [Read More]
 

Video review: TED - Editing Our Evolution

02 October 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
The latest CRISPR offering in the TED world comes from Dr Helen O'Neill, a molecular geneticist at University College London, UK. Her talk aimed to 'explore how and why the world and its inhabitants are constantly changing'... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: The Life Scientific - Jennifer Doudna

25 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel
The new era of gene technology presents an exciting approach to treat deleterious, inherited genetic conditions. Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Jennifer Doudna, from her early life to her research into molecular biology, to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system... [Read More]
 

Book Review: How to Code a Human

18 September 2017 - by Mikey Lebrett
Genomics may herald a bright future - for those who understand it. But what about those who do not? Dr Kat Arney's new book 'How to Code a Human' is a beautiful example of how complicated genetic topics can be simplified and clarified to make them understandable and enjoyable for the least-scientific of readers.... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers

11 September 2017 - by Isobel Steer
Is using and destroying a human embryo for medical research ethical? This question is constantly considered in our newspapers, courtrooms and research labs. You almost certainly have an opinion on it... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: Editing the Embryo - removing harmful gene mutations

04 September 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a scientist working in a fertility clinic, my normal everyday work routine is occasionally punctuated by the ripple effect that occurs when reports of a new groundbreaking reproductive technology enters the public consciousness. I am soon inundated with questions... [Read More]
 

Theatre Review: Bodies, Royal Court Theatre

29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
At the opening of the play, couple Clem and Josh have decided to pursue surrogacy after suffering multiple miscarriages. We find out that the egg will come from a Russian donor, be fertilised with Josh's sperm, and then implanted in an Indian surrogate... [Read More]
 

Book Review: A Crack in Creation - Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

21 August 2017 - by Annabel Slater
I'm glad to see a scientist engaging so strongly in public debate about the use of technology, rather than speculating on the sidelines... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Is Dementia Inherited?

14 August 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
After the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference for scientific researchers was held in London this summer, and the subsequent flurry of media interest, the UK dementia charity Alzheimer's Society announced an event for the public to discuss the much asked question: is dementia inherited?... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Anne McLaren - Science, Ethics and The Archive

07 August 2017 - by Lea Goetz
'We're here to have a conversation about the archive,' is how Professor Sarah Franklin from the University of Cambridge introduced the event, 'Anne McLaren: Science, Ethics and the Archive'... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Inquiry - Is Gene Editing Out of Control?

31 July 2017 - by Cara Foley
The broadcast by BBC World Service is split into four parts, each with an assigned 'expert witness'. The first chapter tackles 'The Language of Life', aiming to elucidate exactly what DNA, genes and genome editing are... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Gene Machine - How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids

24 July 2017 - by Cathal Farrell
'The Gene Machine' is award-winning author Bonnie Rochman's book on pre-and post-natal genetic testing. In it she navigates through classical bioethical issues... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch - DNA Repair

17 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
It’s not often a PhD student finds themselves with a whole hour to break for lunch. So when asked to review one of the Wellcome Trust’s 'Packed Lunch' talks, I jumped at the chance to make better use of some rare free time. The monthly event, situated at the Euston-based Wellcome Collection, promises to feed your curiosity... [Read More]
 

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CROSSING FRONTIERS

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London
8 December 2017

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Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross

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