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Event Review: 'Do You Really Want to Know?' screening by Genetic Alliance UK

23 February 2015 - by Sean Byrne
Do you really want to know? This was the question presented in the award-winning documentary of the same title, and to the panel in a discussion that followed its recent screening by Genetic Alliance UK... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Exchanges at the Frontier - Genomics

23 February 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Within the first minute, it is already clear that genomic sequencing is something of a Pandora's Box; or, as AC Grayling calls it, 'a modern dilemma'... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Good Science - The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research

16 February 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The emergence of stem cell research has been one of the most transformative biological advances of the last decade. In 'Good Science', Charis Thompson outlines the ethical back and forth that was often the public face of this rapidly advancing science... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction - Families, Origins and Identities

09 February 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
This collection of interdisciplinary perspectives and empirical observations on the meanings that are attached to a concept of 'relatedness' in fertility treatment is an important read for anyone involved in assisted conception... [Read More]
 

Theatre review: The Empty Frame

02 February 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
'The Empty Frame' by the PSYCHEdelight theatre company was billed as an edgy and controversial play but fails to go into any previously unexplored territory or bring any new perspectives.... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Modern Times - The Vikings are coming

02 February 2015 - by Professor Eric Blyth
The central characters in Sue Bourne's hour-long documentary 'The Vikings Are Coming' are three single women, Holly (36), Gemma (40), and Amanda (43) and a lesbian couple in their thirties, Kal and Anna. Largely reliant on video footage filmed by the women themselves, viewers are able to witness Holly's, Gemma's, Kal's and Anna's emotional roller-coaster as they try to get pregnant using Danish donor sperm... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Out of the Ordinary - Desperately Seeking Sperm

26 January 2015 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
The world of unregulated sperm donation is revealed as an underground market of desperation, exploitation and remarkable characters.
 

Film Review: Survival of the Fabulous

12 January 2015 - by Jenny Sharpe
'Darwin, you've got some explaining to do!'... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy

15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
Surrogacy has always posed serious legal and ethical questions of society, and will continue to do so for a while yet... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Soma

08 December 2014 - by Dr Ross Cloney
Wouldn't it be great to take charge of your evolution?... [Read More]
 

DVD Review: A Different Story Revisited

01 December 2014 - by √člo Luik
An informative and encouraging view into becoming a family through donor conception - the Donor Conception (DC) Network way... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Arrival of the Fittest

01 December 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Precisely how adaptation and innovation fits into the process of natural selection remains a mystery. Evolutionary biologist Andreas Wagner thinks he's cracked the puzzle and tried to get us to agree at this Royal Institution lecture... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Gene Jockeys - Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise

24 November 2014 - by Dr Ross Cloney
'Everybody has the same damn list.' It was with these words that Peter Farley, one time president of the biotechnology firm, Cetus, described the early days of commercial molecular biology. This race to clone, express and commercialise human genes is the focus of Nicolas Rasmussen's book... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Bioethics in 2025 - What Will Be the Challenges?

18 November 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
This Nuffield Council debate was instead a surprisingly thoughtful discussion on what bioethicists are doing now, on what we could do, the speakers asked whether we are moving closer to or further away from a future we are happy with... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Crick Lecture 2014 - 'Genetic control and the mammalian radiation'

10 November 2014 - by Matthew Thomas
You and all the whales, rhinos and bats owe your lives to a tiny shrew... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: One to One - Surrogacy

03 November 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
'Not being able to have children can be a desperate thing,' says political journalist and commentator Isabel Oakeshott. After losing four pregnancies herself, Oakeshott came to a 'drastic solution': she was going to use a surrogate, and one in India at that... [Read More]
 

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]
 

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