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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. Part of Radio 4's 'Seriously…' strand of 'quirky, curious and seriously interesting documentaries', the programme packs an impressive range of viewpoints into its 31 minutes, presenting the burgeoning 'social egg freezing' market through the eyes of customers, employers, and medical professionals... [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]
 

Radio Review: Revisiting the 14-Day Rule

30 January 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
Matthew Hill covers the 30-year history of the 14-day rule on human embryo research, bringing the topic right up to the present day and the current debate on extending the rule... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: The Naked Scientists - All human life is here

23 January 2017 - by Rachel Siden
In this podcast, Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz and Sarah Norcross discuss the current UK ban on researching human embryos in the lab for longer than 14 days... [Read More]
 

Podcast Review: Big Unknowns – can we stop ageing?

16 January 2017 - by Matthew Thomas
Is ageing inevitable, or can it be stopped? The Guardian Science Weekly podcast explored the latest thinking in the science of ageing... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Avalanche – A Love Story

09 January 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
Avalanche is a courageous and intimate account of Australian novelist Julia Leigh's attempts to have a child through IVF... [Read More]
 

Video Review: Do kids think of sperm donors as family?

09 January 2017 - by Lucas Taylor
The question of who constitutes family is a modern philosophical quandary. Given the debate in this area, Veerle Provoost's TED talk is quite topical... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Panorama – Inside Britain's Fertility Business

05 December 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie
Panorama's investigation into the use of 'add-ons' in private fertility clinics is a novel mixture of undercover journalism and a high-quality systematic review of the clinical evidence... [Read More]
 

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