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Book Review: Unravelling the Double Helix
19 August 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
If you asked me to describe how DNA was discovered, I would probably begin by recounting how Francis Crick and James Watson successfully identified the three-dimensional structure of DNA at the University of Cambridge, in 1953, and end my explanation by discussing the role that Rosalind Franklin played in this momentous scientific breakthrough... [Read More]
Event Review: Unravelling the Double Helix
12 August 2019 - by Eleanor Mackle
So, you think Watson and Crick discovered DNA? I did too, until I attended a talk by Professor Gareth Williams at the Royal Institution, called 'Unravelling the Double Helix'... [Read More]
Television Review – 'I am Hannah'
12 August 2019 - by Dr Kylie Baldwin
Broadcast on Channel 4 as one of three stand-alone female-led films, 'I am Hannah' features Gemma Chan of 'Humans' and 'Crazy Rich Asians' and explores the complex issues of female fertility, motherhood, reproductive pressure and ambivalence... [Read More]
Film Review: Only You
5 August 2019 - by Susan Tranfield
'I don't care how old you are – you're gorgeous' says Josh O'Connor's character Jake, PhD student and DJ, on hearing that his new girlfriend Elena is 35 (to his 26). The age gap is not enough to shock the viewer or stand in the way of Jake and Elena's mutual lust though it will, in due course, stand in the way of the couple's cherished hopes for a baby... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else) – Freakonomics
5 August 2019 - by Francesca Sowerbutts
23andMe advertises itself on its website as a way to 'meet your genes'. You can send off a spit sample, and for $99-$199, a report based on your genetics will be emailed to you a few weeks later... [Read More]
Book Review: The Farm
29 July 2019 - by Annabel Slater
Wealth buys everything. Joanne Ramos' novel The Farm paints a vision of commercial surrogacy unfettered and taken to its extreme: high-end surrogacy for the rich. In her story, not only can the rich and successful outsource childcare to nannies and au pairs, but they can also purchase the bodies of young women to gestate their embryos... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Egg freezing, fertility and IVF (Sista Collective, BBC Radio 5 Live)
22 July 2019 - by Bernie Owusu-Yaw
The Sista Collective is the 'BBC's first homegrown podcast led and hosted by black British women'. Journalist Jessie Aru-Phillips is joined by TV presenter Scarlett Douglas and model Eunice Olumide to discuss egg freezing, fertility and IVF through the lens of women of colour... [Read More]
Book Review: Breakthrough Babies - An IVF Pioneer's Tale of Creating Life Against All Odds
24 June 2019 - by Susan Tranfield
Dr Simon Fishel, founder of the CARE Fertility Group, has a long and distinguished career behind him. As a young biochemist he began his research career at the University of Cambridge with IVF pioneer Professor Robert Edwards, who together with Dr Patrick Steptoe was responsible for the birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978... [Read More]
Event Review: How to Grow a Human
17 June 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
What does it mean to be human? It's not a question I'd given much thought until hearing science writer Philip Ball's talk on 'How to Grow a Human'... [Read More]
Radio Review: Diary of a surrogate – The Untold (BBC Radio 4)
17 June 2019 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
In 'Diary of a Surrogate', an episode of the Radio 4 programme The Untold, Linder Wilkinson speaks about what becoming a surrogate mother meant for her. She tells the story of why – after giving birth to her first surrogate child – she decided to embark again on the same journey for a gay couple, Nick and Karl... [Read More]
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]
Event Review: A public dialogue on genomic medicine
7 May 2019 - by Ana Hallgarten
The NHS is built around a social contract - an understanding that patients, the public, clinicians and government each have a part to play in saving lives and improving health. Where within this contract does the emerging practice of genomic medicine sit? ... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Engaging the Public with Genome Editing' series, Biochemical Society
7 May 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
'So, forgive my ignorance, but… what do you actually do every day?' As a scientist, this is a question I get asked all too frequently by friends and family. The separation between the scientific community and the wider public is seemingly ever growing... [Read More]
Podcast review: Future Uterus – The ultimate designer accessory (ABC)
29 April 2019 - by Bernie Owusu-Yaw
This podcast mini-series by ABC takes a 'womb's eye view of reproduction', in the words of its presenter Natasha Mitchell... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Beyond Today – Should egg freezing be free?
15 April 2019 - by Jakki Magowan
Beyond Today is a BBC Radio 4 podcast series that aims to engage young people in current news topics. Harriet Noble, one of the show's producers, tackles fertility in this 22-minute programme after pondering whether she should pay to freeze her eggs... [Read More]
BBC Sounds: Carrying my friend's baby - Podcast Review
25 March 2019 - by Hugo Wolfe
We are thrown into the waiting room with Emma and Jane who are attending an IVF consultation for a gestational surrogacy arrangement. The childhood friends are laughing and reminiscing about how it all came about... [Read More]
TV Review: The Big Questions – Should Surrogacy Become a Commercial Business?
11 March 2019 - by Myrto Riga
Should surrogates in the UK be paid more than their reasonable expenses? If they get paid more, could that mean that a baby is essentially being bought and money becomes the motivation to be a surrogate?... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Your Fertility Matters' – Fertility Education Initiative
4 March 2019 - by Susan Tranfield
'Your Fertility Matters' is a short public education film by the Fertility Education Initiative, a special interest group of the British Fertility Society. This animation is aimed at 'young people who may have been told how NOT to get pregnant but will likely know little about factors that could lead to infertility'... [Read More]
Event Review: The British Science Association's Future Debates – Would you share your DNA?
25 February 2019 - by Nana Mensah
The Wellcome Collection in London states its aim as challenging how we think about health. What better place than this to ask the question: 'Would you share your DNA?'... [Read More]
Book Review: Gene Machine - The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
18 February 2019 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
It was early October 2009. 'The prize for chemistry was to be announced on Wednesday. The chemistry prize often alternates between the hard-core chemists and the more biological chemists… [Read More]
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