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The Fertility Show


Event Review: The ethics of uterus transplantation

17 October 2016 - by Dr Nicola Williams
This symposium was organised to facilitate in-depth discussion as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians with an interest in uterus transplantation (UTx), which would allow women who lack a functioning uterus to become pregnant and give birth to their own babies... [Read More]

TV Review: A world without Down's syndrome?

10 October 2016 - by Evelyn Jager
In this documentary, Sally Phillips argues that individuals are more than just their biological characteristics and their potential health problems. But, if we view people in these terms, it's all too easy to ignore what fantastic qualities they might end up having too... [Read More]

Book Review: Regulating Reproductive Donation

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
This collection of essays from leading lawyers, fertility professionals, social scientists, ethicists, and others documents the experiences of families engaging in assisted conception, adding to the growing body of empirical studies in this area... [Read More]

Event Review: Who owns your genome?

03 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer
Do you know who owns your genome? And who, if anyone, would you choose to give your genetic information to? This debate, organised by the British Science Association and supported by Genomics England, covered the cutting-edge issues in genomic ethics and legality... [Read More]

TV Review – Fertility & Me

26 September 2016 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
The One Show's Alex Jones explores her own fertility and looks at the emotional and financial costs of IVF, while also examining the technological and medical advances that may help more people become parents in the future... [Read More]

Radio Review: Personalised Medicine – Dose by Design

19 September 2016 - by Rhys Baker
Personalised Medicine. A promise of medical treatment tailored to the individual. A promise that has been decades in the delivery. But now, as such treatment appears to be within reach, will the dream be dashed by bureaucracy, inertia and funding crises?... [Read More]

Book Review: The Gene – An Intimate History

12 September 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
'The Gene: An Intimate History' is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Taking a similar approach to his previous work 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer', Mukherjee interweaves his personal history with a comprehensive and extensive review of the history of genetic research... [Read More]

Event Review: Gene editing – exploring the Canadian context

12 September 2016 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Professor Bartha Knoppers, Professor Timothy Caulfield, Professor Rosario Isasi, Erika Kleiderman, and Professor Michael Rudnicki
Gene editing, in particular CRISPR/Cas9 technology, is sweeping the scientific world and has been receiving ample attention from policymakers worldwide. Policy statements and academic papers regarding responsible ways of moving forward with gene editing have already been published... [Read More]

TV Review: My Amazing Twin

05 September 2016 - by Isobel Steer
My Amazing Twin offers a thought-provoking look at both the scientific and the personal side of type 1 neurofibromatosis... [Read More]

Book Review: Dead Babies and Seaside Towns

30 August 2016 - by Dr Berenice Golding
The memoirs of author and playwright Alice Jolly, as she navigates her way through miscarriage and stillbirth, and on to IVF and eventually surrogacy, help to break taboos and offer hope for those experiencing loss... [Read More]

Book Review: GMO Sapiens - The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies

30 August 2016 - by Julian Hitchcock
GMO Sapiens is just the annoying grit in the machine that the genome editing debate needs, but readers deserve clearer lines between science, speculation and opinion... [Read More]

Event Review: Ethical questions in mitochondrial donation

22 August 2016 - by Dr Reuven Brandt
This transnational symposium on mitochondrial donation covered issues ranging from methodological concerns about the development of policy governing mitochondrial donation, to particular ethical puzzles raised by the implementation of the procedures themselves... [Read More]

Book Review: The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction

15 August 2016 - by Dr Peter D Sozou
This book makes a startling prediction – within the next 20 to 40 years, most people with access to good healthcare will no longer have sex to conceive their children. Instead, parents will simply provide a few skin cells as the raw material for production of embryos... [Read More]

Radio Review: 5 Life - The Science and Stories Behind Pregnancy

15 August 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie
This 90-minute radio programme combines the voices of scientists, clinicians and patients to describe the medical, technical and emotional elements involved in infertility and miscarriage... [Read More]

Book Review: The House of Hidden Mothers

08 August 2016 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Meera Syal explores commercial surrogacy in a story about the mismatches between Indian culture and Indian immigrants and their families in Britain... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Half of Me

08 August 2016 - by Rachel Siden
Half of Me is a play aimed at a young audience, and tells the story of children born through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)... [Read More]

Event Review: Changing Fertility: Social, Demographic and Ethical Consequences of Assisted Conception Technologies

01 August 2016 - by Dr Nitzan Peri-Rotem
An international forum on 'Changing Fertility - Social, Demographic and Ethical Consequences of Assisted Conception Technologies' held in Cambridge explored changing fertility trends amid the rapidly growing industry of assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The ethics of growing human embryos in the lab

25 July 2016 - by Wendy Suffield
Should the current 14-day limit for growing human embryos in the lab be extended in light of recent breakthroughs? This was the question posed in the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast following news that embryos have been successfully developed for 13 days... [Read More]

Radio Review: Dear Baby Mine

25 July 2016 - by Rachel Reeves
Dear Baby Mine is a Radio 4 drama based on the true story of Conor, who is diagnosed with azoospermia, and the emotional rollercoaster that ensues... [Read More]

Event Review: Genetic Screening and Respect for Persons

18 July 2016 - by Amina Yonis
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is improving all the time, and the tests may soon be offered to all pregnant women on the NHS. This event explored how to ensure that prospective mothers are properly counselled to make informed decisions about their pregnancy... [Read More]


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