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Ben Jones

Ben Jones was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews and an Adviser to the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). His BioNews article 'Lord Winston labels egg freezing an expensive confidence trick' is reproduced in Reproductive Ethics (buy this book from Amazon UK). He is currently studying for a DPhil at the University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Previously, he studied Philosophy and the Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the the University of Cambridge, where he went on to obtain an MPhil. His research at Cambridge concerned the social construction of the human admixed embryo in the UK, with a particular focus on media coverage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

BioNews Comment articles written by Ben Jones:
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The Press, Public Debate and the Public Understanding of Ethics
27 July 2009 - by Ben Jones
Many of the developments in the biosciences reported on in BioNews involve novel moral issues or further complicate existing ethical debates. While concerns about the efficacy or safety of a new therapy inevitably lead to calls for further action within the scientific community - more research, bigger studies, better analysis - ethical worries instead result in calls for non-specialist external validation, consultation exercises, public debate and engagement. While the public are put i

BioNews News articles written by Ben Jones:
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Inquiry launched after UK prisoner given right to have child from jail
6 June 2011 - by Ben Jones
A public inquiry has been launched by the UK's Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke after a newspaper's freedom of information request revealed a prisoner was granted permission to provide sperm for use in artificial insemination with his partner while in custody... [Read More]
Nuffield Council on Bioethics launches consultation on emerging biotechnologies
11 April 2011 - by Ben Jones
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has begun a broad project exploring how legislators and members of the public respond to emerging biotechnologies. Calling for opinions and evidence, the Council has begun a preliminary consultation that seeks to identify common social, ethical, legal and policy issues raised by biotechnological developments... [Read More]
Australian donor conception report published
14 March 2011 - by Ben Jones
An Australian Senate Standing Committee has published a report calling for widespread updates to the law governing donor conception, including greater monitoring of compliance among clinics and practitioners and the development of new forms of oversight to support the current regulatory framework.... [Read More]
Gay couple win 'surrogate twins' parenting case in Australia
7 February 2011 - by Ben Jones
An Australian gay couple who entered into a paid surrogacy arrangement has won a legal battle to acquire full paternity rights for the non-genetic father.... [Read More]
Lord Rees queries wisdom of abolishing HFEA
6 December 2010 - by Ben Jones
Lord Rees, outgoing President of the Royal Society, has raised concerns over the abolition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) saying that it may affect the Government's ability to make well informed policy decisions... [Read More]
HFEA's future discussed in House of Lords
22 November 2010 - by Ben Jones
The proposed abolition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) was discussed for a second time in the House of Lords on 9 November 2010. Several peers drew attention to the questionable benefits of dismantling the fertility regulator... [Read More]
Laptops and sperm: Scientists find angle of incidence
15 November 2010 - by Ben Jones
A study has suggested that to prevent potential damage to their fertility men should sit with their legs separated when using laptops placed on their legs... [Read More]
First gay dads' guide covers surrogacy and sperm donation
1 November 2010 - by Ben Jones
Stonewall has released the first guide advising gay men on how to become a father. A Guide for Gay Dads provides practical and legal advice on various routes to fatherhood including adoption, co-parenting, surrogacy, sperm donation and foster care... [Read More]
NICE publishes scope of infertility guidelines review
11 October 2010 - by Ben Jones
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is considering tightening its guidelines on embryo implantation with the possibility that, in future, only single embryo transfers (SET) may be recommended.... [Read More]
Canadian fertility doctor sued over sperm mix-up claims
20 September 2010 - by Ben Jones
A Canadian doctor is being sued by two of his patients who discovered their children were not genetically related to the believed donors, reports the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail... [Read More]