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Dr Ëlo Luik

Ёlo Luik is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews and a Volunteer at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford's Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology,  focused on transnational third-party reproduction in relation to state regulation, including performing fieldwork in India. She is also a competitive rower for the Oxford University Women's Boat Club. Previously, she obtained a MA at the University of Aberdeen's anthropology department, investigating the perception and tolerance of pain among modern-day pilgrims to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela and was a Research Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.


BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Ëlo Luik:
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The Business of Egg Freezing: From Bluster to Best Practice
15 March 2021 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s most recent online event concentrated on how egg freezing relates to the interests of patients and businesses... [Read More]
The COVID Vaccine: A Shot in the Arm for Fertility Treatment?
8 February 2021 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
To help explain and clarify the advice to fertility patients and clinicians, and to fight misinformation spreading online, the Progress Educational Trust hosted a live online event on 4 February 2021... [Read More]
An All-Consuming Problem? How to Protect Patients in the Fertility Market
18 January 2021 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
The first online event held by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in 2021 was 'An All-Consuming Problem? How to Protect Patients in the Fertility Market'... [Read More]
The good, the bad and the ugly: compassion and corruption in the commercial baby business
12 January 2015 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Are business and medicine hopelessly intertwined in fertility care, at (quite literally) the expense of the patient?... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Ëlo Luik:
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Book Review: Freezing Fertility – Oocyte cryopreservation and the gender politics of ageing
8 March 2021 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Freezing Fertility is a timely and powerful book that is a multidisciplinary cultural analysis of egg freezing... [Read More]
Film Review: Double Income Kids
30 November 2020 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Double Income Kids is a documentary that follows two Israeli gay men on their rollercoaster pursuit of parenthood through surrogacy in the United States... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Freezing time
26 October 2020 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Freezing Time is a new podcast series that follows writer Sophia Money-Coutts on her journey to freeze her eggs... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Today in Focus – A journey to Greece for solo IVF during the pandemic
6 July 2020 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
'I wanted to write about loss in a time of a pandemic', says Laura Barton, a music journalist, about why she began taking notes on her trip to Greece for solo IVF... [Read More]
Book Review: Discounted Life - The Price of Global Surrogacy in India
20 June 2016 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Discounted Life is a captivating look into the lives of the women who constituted the production line of India's surrogacy industry at a time when it was still legal and booming... [Read More]
Book Review: Our Journey - One Couple's Guide to US Surrogacy
29 February 2016 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
'Our Journey' is an honest and exhilarating account of one couple's experience with US surrogacy, as well as a practical guide for those considering following in their footsteps... [Read More]
Book Review: Reproductive Donation
20 July 2015 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Donor conception continues to mobilise resistance and concern. How, when, under which conditions and by whom reproductive donation should be accessed remains a divisive and controversial issue... [Read More]
Book Review: Bioscience, Governance and Politics
1 June 2015 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
John Gillott explores continuity and change in UK science governance and the effect contemporary governance regimes are having on science research... [Read More]
Radio Review: Thinking Allowed - Commercial Surrogacy in India
13 April 2015 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Last month BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed examined a rather extraordinary invitation: 'See the Taj Mahal by the moonlight while your embryo grows in a petri dish'... [Read More]
DVD Review: A Different Story Revisited
1 December 2014 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
An informative and encouraging view into becoming a family through donor conception - the Donor Conception (DC) Network way... [Read More]