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Sarah Pritchard

Sarah Pritchard is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews and a communications officer for Bristol Mental Health where her role sees her working with over 10 partnership organisations across the mental health sector. Previously, she was a communications advisor for the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand and a medical news writer for MedWire, an independent online medical news service. Previously, she studied English and Philosophy at the University of York, where she became interested in the ethics of complex and controversial life-and-death issues. She subsequently obtained an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from Kings College London, where her research focused on the legal and ethical implications of new and developing reproductive technologies and genetic therapy.


BioNews Comment articles written by Sarah Pritchard:

Why the UK should be leading the discussion on embryo engineering

11 January 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Sir Mark Walport, the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, gave the keynote address at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference, where he highlighted the complexity of assessing emerging science and technology, particularly in relation to genome editing... [Read More]

The end of the HFEA: Are we throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

24 January 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard

'We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we began to form into teams we were reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. And a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation' - quoted by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge. The Progress Educational Trust and Anne Mclaren Memorial Fund organised a debate last week... [Read More]

Paying egg donors: a child at any price?

25 October 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard

Should we pay women to become egg donors to tackle the 'mismatch' between supply and demand? This question was debated last week in an event organised by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine, supported by the National Gamete Donation Trust and the British Fertility Society (BFS)... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Sarah Pritchard:

Radio Review: Editing Life

22 February 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Professor Matthew Cobb investigates some of the implications of the groundbreaking CRISPR genome-editing technology in this BBC Radio 4 documentary... [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: Woman's Hour/Drawing the Line - When IVF Doesn't Work

15 June 2015 - by Sarah Pritchard

How do couples who have undergone unsuccessful cycles of IVF decide when enough is enough? Should people try to set a personal 'limit' of cycles before treatment begins? And what support is out there if treatment doesn't work?... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Sarah Pritchard:


US fertility doctor accused of using own sperm changes plea

30 October 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

A retired US fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients at his clinic will plead guilty to misleading investigators... [Read More]

Gay couple denied surrogacy challenges Utah law

18 September 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

A married gay male couple in Utah is challenging the state's law that says couples need to prove that a woman is unable to have children before turning to surrogacy... [Read More]

IVF treatment may be restricted to 30-35s

07 August 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Bristol region are the first to propose restricting NHS-funded IVF treatment to women aged 30 to 35 years... [Read More]

Cancer fusion genes targeted with CRISPR

08 May 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

Aggressive human prostate and liver tumours have been shrunk in mice by targeting a ‘fused’ gene mutation using CRISPR/Cas9... [Read More]

First London CCG axes IVF funding

20 March 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

Croydon has become the first Clinical Commissioning Group in London to cut funding for all IVF treatment, other than in 'exceptional circumstances'... [Read More]

Richmond CCG considering cuts to IVF provision

20 February 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

New proposals from Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could see NHS-funded IVF treatment available only in 'exceptional circumstances', such as for patients with HIV or cancer... [Read More]

Missouri court rules frozen embryos are property, not people

21 November 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

An appeal court in Missouri has ruled that a divorced couple's frozen embryos should be treated as marital property and not as people, under the state's divorce laws... [Read More]

Profession and income affect IVF success

24 October 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Female teachers are more likely to conceive during IVF treatment than their peers of a similar age in similarly paid professions, research shows... [Read More]

First uterus transplants from living donors carried out in the US

10 October 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Four women in the USA have become the first in the country to receive uteruses transplanted from living donors...

Human cloning first: stem cells created from adult skin cells

28 April 2014 - by Sarah Pritchard

Scientists have used a cloning technique to successfully create human embryonic stem cells from adult cells for the first time... [Read More]




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