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Sandy Starr
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Sandy Starr is Webmaster of BioNews and Communications Manager at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). He us also a member of the Editorial Board of the charity Autistica and a member of the Ethics Advisory Board of the world's largest autism research project, European Autism Interventions: A Multicentre Study for Developing New Medications, led by King's College London and Roche. He organises, chairs and speaks at sessions at the Battle of Ideas festival organised annually by the Institute of Ideas, and he advises on and judges debates at the Debating Matters international sixth-form debating competition. He was a founding member of the editorial team of the pioneering current affairs publication spiked.

Sandy has consulted and spoken on technology and regulation for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Commission project RightsWatch. He spent several years writing weekly film reviews for The Sun newspaper's TV Mag, and he has contributed to periodicals including the Architects' Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, Economic Affairs, Guardian, Hindu, In-Debate, Independent, Municipal Journal, New Humanist, openDemocracy, Tech Central Station, Times Higher Education, Times Literary Supplement and The Works (magazine of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors). He has also contributed chapters to books including Crime and Deviance in Cyberspace (buy this book from Amazon UK) and Hate Crimes (buy this book from Amazon UK).

 


BioNews Comment articles written by Sandy Starr:

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How should we discuss genome editing in public?

02 October 2017 - by Sandy Starr

What do patients and laypeople think and know about genome editing and its implications? What are the best ways for experts and others to discuss genome editing in public, so as to improve public understanding and avoid confusion? The Progress Educational Trust has set out to answer these questions, with its 'Basic Understanding of Genome Editing' project.... [Read More]

Podcast: Can Women Put Motherhood on Ice?

11 July 2016 - by Sandy Starr

Can egg freezing deliver on its promise? Does the possibility of delaying motherhood mean winning the battle for gender equality, or does it mean the opposite?... [Read More]

Podcast: The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment - A Sting in the Tale?

23 May 2016 - by Sandy Starr

Should (in)fertility be a part of secondary school education? If so, then how we should we - and how shouldn't we - go about teaching it?... [Read More]

What you think about the benefits and risks of whole genome sequencing

01 June 2015 - by Sandy Starr

In our recent poll on BioNews, we asked you for your views on the benefits and risks of participating in the 100,000 Genomes Project... [Read More]

What you think about the 100,000 Genomes Project

26 May 2015 - by Sandy Starr

From February to April 2015, readers of BioNews were asked for their views on the 100,000 Genomes Project - a UK Government initiative which aims to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients and their families. 775 of you responded to our poll... [Read More]

Where you get your information about breast cancer

01 December 2014 - by Sandy Starr

Where do people seek out, or most commonly come across, information about breast cancer? And how confident are they that this information is accurate?... [Read More]

What you think about breast cancer and genetic testing

24 November 2014 - by Sandy Starr

The Progress Educational Trust's project 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics', supported by the Wellcome Trust, sought to clarify breast cancer and risk for the benefit of current and prospective patients, professionals and the general public... [Read More]

Your thoughts about donor conception, conditionality and adoption

20 May 2013 - by Sandy Starr

Should gamete donors be allowed to place conditions on who receives their donation? And should those considering having children via donor conception be encouraged to adopt instead?... [Read More]

What you think about donor conception

13 May 2013 - by Sandy Starr

The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s project 'When It Takes More Than Two', supported by the Wellcome Trust, sought to clarify public and professional understanding of donor conception by focusing on the different parties involved... [Read More]

What is the role of genetics in sports?

30 July 2012 - by Sandy Starr

Last year, the Progress Educational Trust (PET) conducted a poll as part of its Wellcome Trust supported project 'Genes, Ancestry and Racial Identity: Does It Matter Where Your Genes Come From?' At three public events held under this project's auspices, attendees were asked to suggest questions for PET to put to the public, and the resulting online poll elicited 637 responses... [Read More]

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BioNews Review articles written by Sandy Starr:

Event Review: Futures in Reproduction

04 February 2013 - by Sandy Starr

In 2010, Professor Sir Robert Edwards was awarded a long overdue Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his the part he played in pioneering both the theory and practice of IVF. This conference focused on the kind of cutting-edge research that takes Professor Edwards' legacy forward... [Read More]

Event Review: Have Your Say on Mitochondria Replacement (London)

19 November 2012 - by Sandy Starr

At the beginning of this year, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority was asked to consult the public on proposed new techniques to avoid the transmission of mitochondrial disease. The resulting public consultation is being conducted in several different ways including two public events, the first of which I attended... [Read More]


BioNews News articles written by Sandy Starr:

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Leading figures in genetics and fertility recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

26 June 2017 - by Sandy Starr

Foremost among them is Professor Sir John Sulston, who played a central role in the Human Genome Project and founded the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute... [Read More]

UK Parliamentary committee publishes report on genomics and genome editing

02 May 2017 - by Sandy Starr

The Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament's House of Commons has published a brief report of its wide-ranging inquiry into genomics and genome editing... [Read More]

Lord John Walton, scientist and Parliamentarian, dies aged 93

25 April 2016 - by Sandy Starr

John Walton was a pioneer in myology, the field of clinical muscle research, and a key figure in Parliamentary debates about mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

House of Lords gives green light to mitochondrial donation

02 March 2015 - by Sandy Starr

The House of Lords has voted by 280 to 48 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation. This makes the UK the first country in the world to legislate for the use of mitochondrial donation techniques in treatment... [Read More]

Should the HFEA have a legal duty to consider economic growth?

23 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr

Members of the House of Lords have expressed concern about a Government Bill that would arguably compel the UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, to consider economic growth when making its regulatory decisions... [Read More]

MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of mitochondrial donation

04 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr

The House of Commons voted by 382 to 128 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation, a majority of 254... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement debated in UK Parliament

08 September 2014 - by Sandy Starr

A group of backbench MPs, led by Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, has sought to delay the laying before Parliament of regulations permitting the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques... [Read More]

Lisa Jardine to step down as chair of fertility regulator

28 October 2013 - by Sandy Starr

Professor Lisa Jardine has announced that she is due to step down as chair of the UK's fertility and embryo research regulator, the HFEA, in January 2014... [Read More]

Outcry over government adviser's claim that educational achievement is genetic

21 October 2013 - by Sandy Starr

An adviser to the UK Government has provoked an outcry by arguing that there is a significant genetic basis for children's educational achievement... [Read More]

Director of the Science Media Centre awarded OBE

17 June 2013 - by Sandy Starr

Fiona Fox, director of the Science Media Centre charity, has been awarded an OBE for services to science... [Read More]

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