On 22 March 1999, BioNews launched its first online newsletter digest. It ran with ten news stories and a comment piece by Juliet Tizzard, a former director of the Progress Educational Trust, called 'Why BioNews?'
'Sometimes, too much information may be available, to the public and professionals alike, to make sense of things. The result can either be that we are more confused than ever, or that we simply don't bother trying to find good, accurate information,' wrote Tizzard.
'BioNews is here to help. It is designed to keep those already familiar with assisted reproduction and human genetics up to date on new developments. But BioNews is also for those people looking for information for the first time or those simply stumbling upon it.'
Since that first issue, BioNews has published:
6950 news articles
1463 comment articles
BioNews has kept astride of news and debate on developments in IVF funding policy, the legalisation of mitochondrial donation, uterus transplants, surrogacy law, human genetics, and published many reviews – both glowing and scathing – of plays, podcasts, films and books on these topics.
To mark BioNews 1000, here are ten of our most-read commentary articles from the archive:
13 September 2010
The Irish are different - genetically
28 September 2015
The case against human cloning
2 November 2015
Can donor egg recipients 'pass on DNA' to their children?
8 January 2018
Creating life in the lab
20 August 2018
What does genome editing mean for Down's syndrome?
To celebrate the grand occasion of our 1000th edition, download and print out the 'BioNews 1000' sign, and then take a photo of yourself (and/or your friends, family, colleagues or pets!) holding it.
Meanwhile, we are asking all of our readers to please donate at least £10, to help BioNews continue as a free service for another 1000 editions. Make your donation here, or alternatively see other ways to donate here.