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Rachel Siden

Rachel Siden is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She originally studied Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and went on to obtain an MA in Bioethics and Society from King's College London, where her research focused on the ethics of compulsory vaccine laws in the USA. Her current research interests are ethical issues surrounding genome editing and genomic medicine, which she writes about on her blog The CRISPR Drawer.


BioNews Review articles written by Rachel Siden:
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Podcast Review: The Genetic Revolution – the Economist
3 June 2019 - by Rachel Siden
'The controversial questions that confront us are not for the future; the technology is already at our doorstep,' Kenneth Cukier tells us in a recent episode of the Economist podcast, on 'the genetic revolution'. In this episode, Cukier explores the ways that human genetic testing is impacting our present and our future... [Read More]
Film Review: Private Life (Netflix)
12 November 2018 - by Rachel Siden
After watching the trailer for the 2018 Netflix film Private Life, I was expecting a dramatic, yet funny and heartfelt tale about a couple struggling to have a child via assisted reproduction, who eventually discover that the family around them is all they truly needed to be happy... [Read More]
Book Review: Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics
15 May 2017 - by Rachel Siden
Experiments in Democracy recounts the history of human embryo research debates in the United States while exploring how the democratic formulation of policy is impacted by complex relationships between science, bioethics, and the public... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - All Human Life Is Here
23 January 2017 - by Rachel Siden
In this podcast, Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz and Sarah Norcross discuss the current UK ban on researching human embryos in the lab for longer than 14 days... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Ethics and Genetics – Opening the Book of Life
14 November 2016 - by Rachel Siden
This podcast from the Guardian's Science Weekly series is a good introduction to the ethical questions surrounding genetic technologies... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Half of Me
8 August 2016 - by Rachel Siden
Half of Me is a play aimed at a young audience, and tells the story of children born through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Rachel Siden:
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Belfast Trust postpones fertility treatment due to coronavirus
16 March 2020 - by Rachel Siden
Fertility treatments for 33 patients have been postponed at Belfast's Regional Fertility Centre due to COVID-19... [Read More]
Court considers request to access dead patient's fertility treatment records
24 February 2020 - by Rachel Siden
A British court is considering a claim to release a deceased patient's fertility clinic records to their heirs... [Read More]
Zinc and folic acid supplements do not improve male fertility
13 January 2020 - by Rachel Siden
A large-scale US study on male fertility has shown that taking zinc and folic acid supplements do not increase the health of sperm or rate of pregnancy... [Read More]
Egypt says egg-freezing is permissible in Islam
9 September 2019 - by Rachel Siden
Following the viral Facebook post of an Egyptian woman who announced that she had frozen her eggs, Egypt's Islamic legislature Dar Al-Ifta announced that egg freezing is permissible within Islam under certain conditions... [Read More]
First CRISPR law targets DIY gene therapy kits
19 August 2019 - by Rachel Siden
California has passed the first-ever bill regulating genome editing technology that targets do-it-yourself CRISPR kits... [Read More]
Call for genome sequencing pilot in newborn screening
29 July 2019 - by Rachel Siden
A new report has called for genome sequencing to be trialled alongside the nine tests that currently comprise newborn screening in the UK... [Read More]
Obituary: Baroness Mary Warnock, IVF ethicist and PET patron
25 March 2019 - by Rachel Siden
Baroness Mary Warnock, a pioneer of embryology research ethics and a patron of the Progress Educational Trust, has died at the age of 94... [Read More]
Chinese genome editing cancer trial loses track of patients
7 January 2019 - by Rachel Siden
Chinese scientists have allegedly lost track of patients who participated in a trial of a gene therapy for cancer... [Read More]
China halts controversial 'genome-edited babies' research
3 December 2018 - by Rachel Siden
Authorities in China are moving to suspend the research activities of the scientists who claim to have modified the genomes of twin girls with CRISPR-Cas9... [Read More]
Home DNA test kits should come with a warning, says HFEA
24 September 2018 - by Rachel Siden
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is urging companies that offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing to provide more comprehensive warnings to customers... [Read More]