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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: The Who, the What, the Why and the How





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Event review: Fathers, donors and men: Mother-child communication in solo mother families

26 June 2017 - by Dr Kylie Baldwin
New technologies, procedures, and developments in reproductive science such as egg freezing, mitochondrial donation and genome editing have occupied many column inches, as well as much public and academic discussion in recent years. However, the topic of gamete donation remains an area of interest and continued site of controversy... [Read More]
 

Video Review: What is genome editing and how does it work?

19 June 2017 - by Kess Rowe
Genome editing is currently a hot topic. This is partly because of its promise in potentially treating genetic diseases and improving farmed crops; but also because it raises many ethical debates regarding safety and moral responses to this advancement... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Exploring the sociology of mitochondrial donation

12 June 2017 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Rebecca Dimond
The UK's first symposium to discuss the sociology of mitochondrial disorders and novel reproductive technologies took place on 5 May 2017 in London. The event aimed to develop sociological thought around mitochondrial donation, based on invited contributions from social scientists who have conducted empirical research... [Read More]
 

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

05 June 2017 - by Arit Udoh
The first of two episodes of the One-to-One programme about people from families affected by genetic diseases: exploring the emotional impact of a family member's diagnosis and how relatives decide whether or not to find out if the condition will also affect them... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Launch of the Centre for Reproduction Research, De Montfort University

30 May 2017 - by Kriss Fearon
The opening of the The Centre for Reproduction Research at De Montfort University on 24 March 2017 was marked through an afternoon seminar of short lectures by three leading scholars: Emily Jackson, professor of law at London School of Economics, Maureen McNeil, emeritus professor in sociology at Lancaster University, and Guido Pennings, professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Quadruplets and Homeless

30 May 2017 - by Dr Jane Currie
A moving love story, but a missed opportunity to explore ethical issues in IVF... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Telling and Talking about Donor Conception with People Aged 17 and Over - A Guide for Parents

22 May 2017 - by Susan Tranfield
Olivia Montuschi's revised 'Telling and Talking' booklet aims to guide parents of donor conceived children aged 17 or over through the delicate process of disclosure... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics

15 May 2017 - by Rachel Siden
Experiments in Democracy recounts the history of human embryo research debates in the United States while exploring how the democratic formulation of policy is impacted by complex relationships between science, bioethics, and the public... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Without a Doubt - An Irish Couple's Journey Through IVF, Adoption and Surrogacy

15 May 2017 - by Fiona Duffy
When I was first asked to review this book, written by Fiona Whyte and Sean Malone, I can’t say that I was full of enthusiasm at the prospect. I had seen the television documentary, heard some of the radio interviews and the ensuing long discussions concerning the thorny issues raised by the authors... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Secrets Inside Your Cells - Epigenetics, Trauma and Ancestry

08 May 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner
The Human Genome Project, completed in April 2003, greatly improved our ability to study human health and disease. It also provided a deeper insight into our history and evolution as a species. Yet a recent episode of the 'Science Friction' radio show, presented by Natasha Mitchell on Australia’s ABC Radio, delved further into these fascinating topics through the lens of the new and emerging field of epigenetics.
 

TV Review: The Good Fight - Henceforth Known as Property

02 May 2017 - by Anthony Ryb
US spin-off legal drama 'The Good Fight' delivers a brief storyline when representing an ovarian cancer survivor whose only chance of genetic connection to a child is by gaining back custody of her previously donated eggs.
 

TV Review: Having Our Baby - The Surrogacy Boom

24 April 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
'Having our baby: The surrogacy boom' is an informative account of the processes involved in undergoing surrogacy in Canada. The documentary wrangles with the emotional, ethical and legal issues that stem from commissioning a Canadian surrogate, and looks at some of the perverse implications of Canada's criminalisation of commercial surrogacy... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Seriously - The Great Egg Freeze

10 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The contradictions of the burgeoning egg freezing industry are lucidly demonstrated out in The Great Egg Freeze, a radio documentary by journalist Fi Glover... [Read More]
 

Event Review: The future of female fertility? Egg freezing and social change

03 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
Can egg freezing be considered a feminist technology? Should we really be addressing the failures of a social fabric that requires women to preserve their fertility at all? This event was an exciting opening to an urgently needed discussion and is the first in a series of 'fertile conversations' that should be eagerly anticipated... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: CRISPR Updated

27 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Radiolab explores the science, the uses and the ethics of CRISPR in this podcast that was two years in the making... [Read More]
 

Video Review: The God Cells – A Fetal Stem Cell Journey

20 March 2017 - by Caroline Casey
The story of fetal-derived stem cells is explored in this documentary, from the ethics of how they're sourced and the clinical benefits some say they offer, to the barriers to licencing and their wider use... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Moondance

13 March 2017 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
How can you long for someone who doesn't exist? Diane Chandler's second novel charts the story of Cat and Dom as they attempt to have a child through fertility treatment... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics – Testing, testing

06 March 2017 - by Matthew Thomas
Dr Kat Arney leads a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of genetic testing – from testing for cancer genes to whether your child's DNA can predict their future sporting ability... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Introducing Epigenetics - A Graphic Guide

27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater
'Introducing Epigenetics: A graphic guide' is a mini-textbook pitched as a non-fiction comic book. Despite the colourful cover and perky graphics inside, this book does not make for light reading... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Dish Life

20 February 2017 - by Paul Waldron
Dish Life, the last of four films made for Cambridge Shorts, takes a quirky look at the daily life of a stem cell researcher... [Read More]
 

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