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Jennifer Willows

Legal Editor

Jennifer Willows is Legal Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). Together with her fellow BioNews editors Shaoni Bhattacharya and Martha Henriques, she runs the BioNews writing scheme, which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students.

Jennifer originally studied Biology and Microbiology at Imperial College London, and went on to obtain an LLB in Law from Birkbeck University of London and an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King's College London. She then started working at PET as a Volunteer, and refused to leave. She loves tea and dogs, and she tweets as @jenwillows

BioNews Comment articles written by Jennifer Willows:
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Modern surrogacy needs a modern law: How should we regulate surrogacy in the 21st century?
1 October 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
At the Royal Society of Edinburgh, on 27 September 2018, the Progress Educational Trust (PET) held its public event 'Modern Surrogacy Needs a Modern Law: How Should We Regulate Surrogacy in the 21st Century?'... [Read More]
Putting your genome to work: for the NHS, for industry, for the UK post-Brexit
9 April 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
The Progress Educational Trust event 'Putting Your Genome to Work: For the NHS, for Industry, for the UK Post-Brexit' took place at Amnesty International in London on 21 March 2018... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Jennifer Willows:
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Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre
4 December 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Of Kith and Kin is a play about surrogacy that seems to have very little to say about surrogacy... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Bodies, Royal Court Theatre
29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
At the opening of the play, couple Clem and Josh have decided to pursue surrogacy after suffering multiple miscarriages. We find out that the egg will come from a Russian donor, be fertilised with Josh's sperm, and then implanted in an Indian surrogate... [Read More]
Event Review: 'Genome editing: an ethical review' launch
31 October 2016 - by Jennifer Willows
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics presented its preliminary report 'Genome editing: an ethical review' in the genteel surroundings of the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Jennifer Willows:
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WHO to discuss genome editing while Dr He Jiankui is missing
10 December 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
The World Health Organisation will establish a panel of experts to study the potential uses of genome editing in humans, and to formulate guidelines for use of the technology... [Read More]
Mitochondrial DNA can be inherited from fathers
3 December 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
A new paper documents three unrelated families where paternal mitochondrial DNA is present in offspring... [Read More]
Israel rejects bill to extend surrogacy to same-sex couples
5 November 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Israel's parliament, the Knesset has rejected a bill to allow single men and gay couples equal access to surrogacy... [Read More]
Local areas in England are setting their own IVF access criteria
29 October 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Clinical commissioning groups in England are setting their own criteria – contrary to official guidelines – to ration access to NHS fertility services, according to campaign group Fertility Fairness... [Read More]
Malta reforms law on embryo freezing and gamete donation
8 October 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Malta's Embryo Protection (Amendment) Act, which came into effect on 1 October, has widened access to IVF and legalised gamete donation and embryo freezing.
Broad Institute wins key CRISPR patent battle
17 September 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
A US appeal court judgment in favour of the Broad Institute may mark the close of the long-running dispute over the US patent for the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in animal and plant cells... [Read More]
Five genes linked to triple-negative breast cancer found
13 August 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
A study has identified five genes that are associated with an aggressive form of breast cancer... [Read More]
Canada judge rules frozen embryo is 'property' in landmark case
6 August 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
An Ontario Court has awarded a former couple's frozen embryo to the wife, who wishes to use it to try to establish a pregnancy, in the first case to denote an embryo as 'property'... [Read More]
Freezer-failure embryos were people, claim parents
6 August 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
An Ohio couple are continuing their legal fight to have their lost embryos declared to have the same legal status as people... [Read More]
Protests in Tel Aviv as gay amendment in Israeli surrogacy bill thrown out
23 July 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Members of Israel's LGBT community went on strike on Sunday to protest new surrogacy laws that exclude gay fathers... [Read More]