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Jen Willows

Legal Editor

Jen 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 Dr Yvonne Collins, she runs the BioNews writing scheme, which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students.

Jen 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 Jen Willows:
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Germline in the sand: where should we draw the boundaries for genome editing?
15 April 2019 - by Jen Willows
Genome editing was the subject up for discussion at the Progress Educational Trust's 'Germline in the Sand' event, held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 19 March 2019. The discussion, which was supported by the Scottish Government sought to explore the scientific and ethical boundaries of genome editing, and what place this technology should have within our society... [Read More]
Modern surrogacy needs a modern law: How should we regulate surrogacy in the 21st century?
1 October 2018 - by Jen 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 Jen 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 Jen Willows:
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Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre
4 December 2017 - by Jen 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 Jen 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 Jen 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 Jen Willows:
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Healthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk irrespective of genetics
15 July 2019 - by Jen Willows
A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of getting dementia, even in people who have a genetic predisposition, according to a new study... [Read More]
Australia launches genetic testing moratorium for life insurance
8 July 2019 - by Jen Willows
A new moratorium prevents insurance providers from asking genetic test results be disclosed in applications for life insurance of AU$500,000 or below... [Read More]
Informal sperm donor is legal parent, rules Australian court
24 June 2019 - by Jen Willows
The Australian High Court has ruled that a man who provided sperm to a friend is the legal father of her child... [Read More]
Consultation on UK surrogacy law begins
10 June 2019 - by Jen Willows
Recommendations to clarify UK surrogacy law have been announced by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission... [Read More]
UK bill to reconsider egg-freezing time limits gets first reading
10 June 2019 - by Jen Willows
A bill that aims to extend the time limit that eggs and sperm can be kept frozen has been introduced in the UK's House of Lords…
Dead US cadet's parents win right to use his sperm
3 June 2019 - by Jen Willows
The New York State Supreme Court has granted permission for the parents of a deceased US army cadet to use his frozen sperm to have grandchildren... [Read More]
Texas bill would treat 'fertility fraud' as sexual assault
20 May 2019 - by Jen Willows
A bill to expand the definition of sexual assault to include fertility fraud has been passed by the Texas house of representatives... [Read More]
Parents of dead US cadet gain order to preserve his sperm
11 March 2019 - by Jen Willows
The parents of an army cadet who died after a skiing accident in Westchester, New York have been allowed to have his sperm preserved... [Read More]
Israel's high court rejects prolific US sperm donor's petition
18 February 2019 - by Jen Willows
Israel's High Court of Justice has ruled that a woman may not use the sperm of a prolific US donor to become pregnant... [Read More]
Stanford investigates staff who allegedly knew about genome-edited babies
11 February 2019 - by Jen Willows
Stanford University in California is reviewing staff interactions with Dr He Jiankui, as it emerges that he was in contact with academics at multiple institutions... [Read More]