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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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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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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]
Genome editing turns cancer cells against their own
16 July 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Cancer cells may be edited to attack tumours according to new research published in Science Translational Medicine... [Read More]
Prolific US sperm donor banned from operating in Israel
25 June 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
A US sperm donor who has already fathered over 30 children has been prevented from impregnating women in Israel... [Read More]
CRISPR scientists win prestigious $1m Kavli award
4 June 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Three scientists will share the US$1 million 2018 Kavli prize in Nanoscience 'for the invention of CRISPR-Cas9, a precise nanotool for editing DNA, causing a revolution in biology, agriculture, and medicine'... [Read More]
Act to widen fertility care access goes to US House and Senate
29 May 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
A bill has been introduced into the US Senate and House of Representatives, which, if passed, would significantly widen access to fertility treatment.
Ex-husband must pay child support after forged IVF signature
8 May 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
A German man has been told that he must pay child support for his son, who was born after his ex-wife forged his signature to become pregnant using their frozen embryos... [Read More]
Malta prepares to overhaul laws on surrogacy, embryo freezing and IVF
30 April 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
The strict laws on assisted reproduction in Malta are set to be liberalised in a bill put forward in Parliament this month, although embryo destruction will remain illegal... [Read More]