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Dr Marieke Bigg

Science Editor

Dr Marieke Bigg is Science Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). Together with her fellow BioNews editors Dr Joanne Delange and Jen Willows, she runs the BioNews writing scheme, which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students. She also writes creatively and more generally about reproduction, sexuality and feminism. You can find some of her writing on her website

Marieke's PhD research was funded by Wellcome, and concerned the debates about human embryo research that followed the clinical translation of IVF in the 1980s. In particular, it focused on the role of the reproductive biologist Dr Anne McLaren, extrapolating from her life and work to better understand the role of biological models and biologists in public deliberations on biotechnology and reproductive medicine. This research was conducted under the supervision of Professor Sarah Franklin in the University of Cambridge's Department of Sociology.

BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Marieke Bigg:
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Expanded carrier screening: careful what you look for
14 September 2020 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
Progress Educational Trust produced an online event sponsored by the Scottish Government, to discuss the question: what should we be testing for in egg and sperm donors?... [Read More]
Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?
16 December 2019 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
This was the second session of the Progress Educational Trust’s annual conference in London ‘Reality Check: A realistic look at assisted reproduction’... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Marieke Bigg:
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TV Review: Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal
21 October 2019 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
In the BBC documentary, Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal, science journalist Angela Saini and disability rights activist Adam Pearson tackle the difficult subject of eugenics... [Read More]
Film Review: Seahorse - The Dad who Gave Birth
23 September 2019 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
In a world where our sex tells us nothing about our gender - where we can be anyone and be in relationships with anyone – how do we make sense of ourselves?

BioNews News articles written by Dr Marieke Bigg:
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Japanese PM candidate pledges increased access to fertility treatment
14 September 2020 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
Yoshihide Suga, the frontrunner to become Japan's next prime minister, has proposed that fertility treatments should be covered by insurance.... [Read More]
COVID-19 leads to mental health concerns for IVF patients
6 July 2020 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
Delays and uncertainties in IVF treatment due to COVID-19 measures are a source of anxiety and depression for patients, new evidence suggests... [Read More]
Joint COVID-19 statement released by fertility medicine societies
8 June 2020 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
The three major professional societies leading infertility and reproductive medicine have issued a joint statement on providing fertility care during the COVID-19 pandemic... [Read More]
Scientists find five times more genes linked to breast cancer than were previously known
13 January 2020 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
A major international study of the genetics of breast cancer published in the journal Nature Genetics has identified more than 350 genetic variants that increase an individual's risk of developing the disease... [Read More]
Forensics find donor DNA in semen of bone marrow transplant patient
16 December 2019 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
A US bone marrow transplant recipient found out that the DNA of his German donor was not limited to his blood….
Obituary: Frank Dobson, the politician pivotal to PET
18 November 2019 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
The former Labour health secretary Frank Dobson, whose contributions in Parliament helped to pass the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, passed away on 11 November 2019, aged 79... [Read More]
IVF Fairness petition closed due to UK election
11 November 2019 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
A petition to Parliament to tackle the national discrepancies in NHS IVF provision has been closed due to the upcoming UK general election... [Read More]