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Eleanor Taylor

Eleanor Taylor is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews.


BioNews Comment articles written by Eleanor Taylor:
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What's the Truth about...
13 January 2020 - by Eleanor Taylor
The afternoon sitting of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction' began with an extended session entitled 'What's the Truth about'... [Read More]
Everything you wanted to know about genomics but were afraid to ask
9 September 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
The Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes BioNews, held a public event at Manchester's Science and Industry Museum to discuss genomics... [Read More]
Society marches on: key social changes in assisted conception
7 January 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
It has been ten years since the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act was updated in 2008. Over the past ten years the laws governing fertility treatment and legal parenthood have remained largely static. But society has continued to evolve at a rapid pace... [Read More]
Genetic testing to reunite separated migrant families is an ethical minefield
25 June 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
US President Donald Trump has now abandoned his policy of separating migrant families attempting to enter the US. However, for those families that have already been divided, the process for finding one another again is not clear. Two commercial genetic testing companies have offered to support efforts to reunite the 2300-plus children that have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexican border... [Read More]
What next for genome editing? Politics and the public
15 January 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The ever-expanding limits of human reproduction are creating complex ethical and political challenges. One topic that has generated much contention is the possibility of editing the genome of human embryos... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Eleanor Taylor:
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Book Review: The Human DNA Manual – Understanding Your Genetic Code
10 February 2020 - by Eleanor Taylor
DNA-themed products are becoming increasingly common within the consumer marketplace, however, genetic literacy within the general population is typically poor which may make it difficult for potential customers to scrutinise these products with a discerning eye... [Read More]
Book Review: Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice - Negotiating Responsibility, Hope and Modern Motherhood
11 November 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
Over the last decade the number of women who have opted to freeze their eggs for social reasons has risen exponentially... [Read More]
Book Review: Unravelling the Double Helix - The Lost Heroes of DNA
19 August 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
If you asked me to describe how DNA was discovered, I would probably begin by recounting how Francis Crick and James Watson successfully identified the three-dimensional structure of DNA at the University of Cambridge, in 1953, and end my explanation by discussing the role that Rosalind Franklin played in this momentous scientific breakthrough... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out West - 29.10.18 (BBC)
5 November 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
Fertility treatment is big business within the UK. The ever-increasing demand for fertility services combined with the dwindling availability of NHS-funding for fertility treatment has created a booming 'fertility industry'... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out North East & Cumbria - 24.09.18 (BBC)
8 October 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The demand for sperm donors is rapidly rising within the UK. This partly reflects the growing number of single women opting to start a family, as well as an increasing number of women in same-sex relationships who wish to conceive... [Read More]
TV Review: Four men, 175 babies: Britain's Super Sperm Donors
18 June 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
As an embryologist working in a fertility clinic, I frequently use donor sperm to help individuals and couples become parents. In my little fertility clinic bubble, sperm donation is a highly regulated process... [Read More]
Radio Review: PM - Our Fertility Journey
11 December 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
Despite concerted efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding fertility struggles, there still appears to be a 'facelessness' to this incredibly common issue, which suggests that fertility is still very much a taboo subject... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out London - Eggs on ice
6 November 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a 33-year-old single woman, who also happens to work in a fertility clinic, babies are unsurprisingly never far from my mind. I spend a lot of time wondering whether I should freeze my eggs. A lot... [Read More]
Video review: TED - Editing Our Evolution
2 October 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
The latest CRISPR offering in the TED world comes from Dr Helen O'Neill, a molecular geneticist at University College London, UK. Her talk aimed to 'explore how and why the world and its inhabitants are constantly changing'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Editing the Embryo - removing harmful gene mutations
4 September 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a scientist working in a fertility clinic, my normal everyday work routine is occasionally punctuated by the ripple effect that occurs when reports of a new groundbreaking reproductive technology enters the public consciousness. I am soon inundated with questions... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Eleanor Taylor:
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Egg enzyme unpacks paternal genome
23 March 2020 - by Eleanor Taylor
Researchers trying to understand what happens in the first moments after fertilisation have discovered that an enzyme previously studied in colon cancer plays a key role... [Read More]
New consumer law guidelines for IVF sector
17 February 2020 - by Eleanor Taylor
The UK Competition and Markets Authority will create consumer protection guidelines for the UK fertility sector, to ensure that IVF clinics practice in accordance with current consumer law... [Read More]
Scientists pinpoint best time and season for sperm
23 July 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The time at which a sperm sample is produced may influence its quality, according to a new study... [Read More]
Half of women who freeze eggs have regrets
29 May 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
A survey of women who chose to freeze their eggs has shown that around half experienced some regret, despite most saying they were happy with their decision... [Read More]
Air pollution linked to poor fertility treatment outcomes
30 April 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
A recent large-scale study has indicated that high levels of air pollution could reduce the chance of pregnancy following fertility treatment... [Read More]