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Video Review: Talking Biopolitics – A conversation with Paul Knoepfler and Nathaniel Comfort

01 February 2016 - by Dr Rebecca Dimond
An author and a science historian host an online discussion on the promise and perils of the 'science of designer babies'... [Read More]
 

Book Review: The Essential Fertility Guide

25 January 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
For couples who have difficulty in conceiving naturally, this is an excellent guide by Professor Robert Winston on the main causes of infertility... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Donor Detectives

11 January 2016 - by Julia Hill
The Donor Detectives is an ABC radio documentary about donor-conceived people who have turned to alternative methods in an attempt to identify their biological fathers.... [Read More]
 

Event Review: The Francis Crick Prize Lecture 2015

21 December 2015 - by Isobel Steer
If you'd like to learn more about epigenetics, or just watch a masterly science presenter at work, look to 2015 Francis Crick Prize winner Professor Rob Klose... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Archie Nolan – Family Detective

14 December 2015 - by Susan Tranfield
'Is nowhere a donor-conception free zone?' asks the eponymous hero, 11-year-old Archie Nolan, as his quest to establish the meaning of 'family' in the context of donor conception leads him to ask more and more questions about origins, genetics and the intricacies of relationships in 21st century Britain... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Newshour Extra - Editing the Human Genome

07 December 2015 - by Rhys Baker
This 50-minute radio broadcast provides an 'appetiser' on CRISPR and the ethics surrounding genome editing... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Jodie Marsh is Making Babies

07 December 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
This documentary shows that assisted reproduction is a huge and real business. Unfortunately, it does so without asking the necessary critical and ethical questions that would make it genuinely worth watching... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Unreported World – Mexico's Baby Business

30 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson
A Channel 4 documentary about the surrogacy business in Mexico exposes some alarming practices... [Read More]
 

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 - A Conversation with George Annas and Lisa Ikemoto

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]
 

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