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Jen Willows

Legal Editor/Projects Officer

Jen Willows is Legal Editor at BioNews and Projects Officer at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). Together with her fellow BioNews editors Dr Joanne Delange and Hannah Flynn, 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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Book Review: Klara and the Sun
4 October 2021 - by Jen Willows
Klara and the Sun is a warm, readable novel with a small cast of well-developed characters. Ultimately it is a story about family, love, friendship and being human... [Read More]
Book Review: Human Germline Genome Modification and the Right To Science
16 August 2021 - by Jen Willows
Genome editing – it's something we report on almost every week in BioNews in one form or another, and CRISPR has become a media buzzword... [Read More]
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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Two-drug approach could offer hope to ovarian cancer patients
27 September 2021 - by Jen Willows
A clinical trial combining two cancer therapies has shown promising results in patients with low grade serous ovarian cancer... [Read More]
Egg freezing ten year limit to be extended
6 September 2021 - by Jen Willows
The UK government has announced that the ten-year limit on keeping frozen eggs, sperm and embryos will be scrapped... [Read More]
Genetic screening provides actionable findings in one in six people
31 August 2021 - by Jen Willows
Offering healthy people genetic screening could provide clinically important information in over 15 percent of cases... [Read More]
WHO publishes guidelines for human genome editing
12 July 2021 - by Jen Willows
The World Health Organisation has released new guidelines for the governance of genome editing in humans... [Read More]
Hormone clue to pre-eclampsia after frozen embryo transfers
5 July 2021 - by Jen Willows
Pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure in pregnancy may be linked to the way the uterus is prepared before frozen embryos are transferred... [Read More]
IVF children do not have increased cancer risk
5 July 2021 - by Jen Willows
Children born as a result of fertility treatment are no more likely to develop cancer than naturally-conceived children, according to a new study... [Read More]
Ovarian reserve is not affected by COVID-19
5 July 2021 - by Jen Willows
Fertility patients who have recovered from COVID-19 have the same chance of conceiving that they did before they were infected, according to a small study... [Read More]
Two egg collections in one cycle may benefit some IVF patients
5 July 2021 - by Jen Willows
A protocol involving two egg collections in the same menstrual cycle may reduce the time to pregnancy for IVF patients who respond poorly to ovarian stimulation... [Read More]
Blind man regains partial vision after optogenetic therapy
1 June 2021 - by Jen Willows
A new type of gene therapy has helped a man regain some vision after 40 years... [Read More]
Cambridge scientists win technology award for their DNA sequencing method
24 May 2021 - by Jen Willows
The Millennium Technology Prize has been awarded to UK researchers who developed a widely used approach to genome sequencing... [Read More]