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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter





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TV Review: Dead Famous DNA

14 April 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
Although this show jumped to conclusions about what the DNA of famous people could tell us, its ridiculous premise was amusing enough to keep viewers entertained... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Veronica van Heyningen

07 April 2014 - by Amy Reed
In this week's episode of The Life Scientific, presenter (and physicist) Professor Jim Al-Khalili interviews the recently retired geneticist and discoverer of the PAX6 gene, Professor Veronica van Heyningen.... [Read More]
 

Event Review: The Compatibility Gene

31 March 2014 - by Barbara Czub
Professor Daniel Davis began his lecture at the Royal Institution by introducing 'the compatibility genes', the DNA components that vary the most from person to person. Unlike many of us would expect, these genes are not responsible for features such as skin or hair colour. This engaging lecture tells their story.... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Bonking Baby Boomers and the Future of Sex

24 March 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem
The annual Society for Reproduction and Fertility's 'Sex in 3 Cities' lecture series was given this year by John Aitken, Laureate professor of biological sciences at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, with the title 'Bonking baby boomers and the future of sex'.... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Bio-Revolution

17 March 2014 - by Chris Hardy
At the Science Museum's 'drinking and thinking' event, visitors extracted DNA from strawberries and discussed genome sequencing in the NHS... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Genetics and the Prospect of Personalised Medicine for Obesity

10 March 2014 - by James Heather
The media likes to push the idea that the obesity epidemic is fuelled entirely by our increasingly well-fed and sedentary lives, which makes the opportunity to hear solid evidence for the other side of the equation refreshing... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Patently Obvious?

10 March 2014 - by Ari Haque
As part of the British Library's TalkScience season, a panel of eminent speakers to discussed the role of patents in biomedicine... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Should Genes be Public?

03 March 2014 - by Karen Birmingham
The eight professors, including two Knights, who contributed to this event, were given a relatively easy time by the public, possibly because there was little time for questions or perhaps because the case for mass genotyping projects had been convincing... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Health Check - Would You Want to Find Out About an Inherited Genetic Condition?

24 February 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Genetic diagnosis of inherited diseases is now routine in the UK, with upwards of 600 different conditions tested for in NHS labs. As genetic sequencing and analysis methods become ever more effective, this figure should grow rapidly over the coming years... [Read More]
 

Book Review: G is for Genes

17 February 2014 - by John Gillott
The last few months of 2013 featured a good deal of public, policy and even Parliamentary debate on genetics, education, and IQ... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Fonzy

10 February 2014 - by James Brooks
Fonzy doesn't so much apply the formula of sperm-donor comedy 'Starbuck' as drop it like a concrete slab on an entirely different cultural context... [Read More]
 

Theatre review: How to be Immortal

03 February 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
This was a play about death; how people cope with it, how they grieve and how they remember. It was also a play about love and relationships, finding inspiration in unexpected places and also about science, genetics and the story of Henrietta Lacks' cells... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Delivery Man

20 January 2014 - by Rhys Baker
This remake of sperm donation film 'Starbuck' touches (too briefly) on several heavy-hitting questions on the ethics of sperm donation... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Student Ethics Conference

13 January 2014 - by George Dickson
As the weather turned cold in December, the topics heated up at the Norwich Medical School for the Student Ethics Conference that focused on reproductive ethics and law... [Read More]
 

TV Review: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

06 January 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja
In the first of three Christmas lectures with the theme 'life fantastic' from the Royal Institution, Dr Allison Woollard answers the ever-important question: 'where do I come from?'... [Read More]
 

Event Review: Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples

16 December 2013 - by Daniel Malynn
This event, hosted by the Bar Council, looked the options and potential pitfalls same-sex couples can face can face in accessing surrogacy both in the UK and overseas... [Read More]
 

Professor Plomin Goes to Parliament

16 December 2013 - by John Gillott
Giving evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee, Professor Robert Plomin made some very important points. But he needs to rein in the hyperbole if he wants to make headway in political and policy worlds... [Read More]
 

Film Review: Dance Your PhD

09 December 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars
Dancing cocks (that's male chickens, cheeky) in tight speedos fighting over a scantily clad egg might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about PhD theses. However, that just about describes this year's winner of Science magazine's Dance Your PhD contest... [Read More]
 

Radio Review: Inside Science - The Personal Genome Project

09 December 2013 - by MarĂ­a Victoria Rivas Llanos
The Personal Genome Project (PGP) was launched in the UK the last November. The project, which was set up in USA in 2005, works on open access of genome sequence information of the 100,000 expected participants... [Read More]
 

Book Review: Intrusion

02 December 2013 - by Amy Reed
How much of a child's health and wellbeing should depend on the parents? When is it acceptable for this to come under state control? These are the questions presented to the reader in Ken Macleod's dystopian novel, 'Intrusion'... [Read More]
 

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