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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 Elo 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]
 

Game Review: Spermania - The Race for Life

15 September 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
This little app for Android has been getting a bit of hype because (a) it’s kind of about sex (snigger like a seven-year-old) (b) it was designed by PinchPoint, based in Ramallah, Palestine (do concerned Guardian-reader face)... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy

08 September 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
BBC Radio 4 's 'The Report' ventured into the ethically controversial area of surrogacy, which made international media headlines following the recent baby Gammy controversy... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Science of Human Perfection - How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine

01 September 2014 - by James Storm
Surrounding yourself with books and journal articles on human enhancement will see you encounter the word 'eugenics' on a regular basis. The unfortunate thing about this word is that it has become bound to a particularly nasty piece of world history - and for many people this association is a reason to wince, whilst rejecting whichever idea or theory it is trying to re-associate itself with today.... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy

26 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The legal framework for the regulation and provision of assisted reproductive technologies is situated within enormous social change, not least in the construction of the family, personal health management and expectations around access to emerging medical technologies.... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Moral Maze - Surrogacy

18 August 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley
'Money can't buy you love but it can certainly buy you parenthood'. Or can it? Should it? And if it should, where and how should it be regulated?... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Truly Human Enhancement - A Philosophical Defence of Limits

11 August 2014 - by James Storm
Nicholas Agar has endeared himself to the enhancement debate by being a little bit afraid of 'post humans' – the real life supermen who could very well use their powers for evil and enslave the rest of humanity. It may come as no surprise then that Agar's latest venture into the debate continues in much the same vein.... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Man in the Monkeynut Coat - William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix

04 August 2014 - by Rhys Baker
This story about the forgotten road to the double helix argues that William Astbury deserves the same recognition as Crick and Watson. It is a very persuasive argument... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Breeders - A Subclass Of Women?

28 July 2014 - by Alice Plein
‘Breeders- A subclass of women?‘ provides both thought-provoking and uncomfortable moments but ultimately fails to convince as an anti-surrogacy polemic... [Read More]
 

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