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Theatre Review: Tomcat

16 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie
Tomcat is a play set in a future where state-controlled prenatal screening has eradicated all genetic conditions. Nearly all, that is... [Read More]

Radio Review: Peter Snow Returns to the Future

02 November 2015 - by Klaus Mitchell
How will the human race evolve over the next few hundred years? This is an interesting question that divides opinion among biologists. One such scientist, Professor Steve Jones, the famed British geneticist, recently discussed this topic with presenter Peter Snow on BBC Radio 4... [Read More]

Event Review: Synthetic Life - How Far Could It Go? How Far Should It Go?

26 October 2015 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar
'The future of humanity is at stake tonight,' said one of the panel members prior to the Royal Institution's debate on the future of synthetic biology. There's probably some truth to that... [Read More]

Book Review: The Genealogy of a Gene - Patents, HIV/AIDS and Race

19 October 2015 - by Darius Khalid
This book is an impressive examination of the CCR5 gene, which provides a carefully detailed interdisciplinary understanding involving biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology, as well as the historical and contemporary aspects of patenting and intellectual property laws... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Photograph 51

19 October 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
Making her triumphant return to the London stage after 17 years, Nicole Kidman stars as Rosalind Franklin, the scientist whose pioneering work led to the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA... [Read More]

Video Review: Talking Biopolitics

12 October 2015 - by Dr Rebecca Dimond
Genomic medicine has advanced rapidly in recent years and, with our increasing capacity to collect and store genetic information, it holds not only great promise but also pitfalls, for individuals and communities. This was the topic under discussion in a live video conversation on 7 October, organised by the Center for Genetics and Society... [Read More]

Book Review: Louise Brown - My Life as the World's First Test-Tube Baby

05 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
'My Life as the World’s First Test-Tube Baby' is a must-read for anyone who works in this sector – especially those who are too young to remember the circumstances around Louise Brown's birth... [Read More]

Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Donation

05 October 2015 - by Dr John B Appleby
A workshop organised to facilitate further in-depth ethical discussions about mitochondrial donation was recently held at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics... [Read More]

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: Biotechnology/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]


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