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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]
TV Review: Inside Out West - 29.10.18 (BBC)
5 November 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
Fertility treatment is big business within the UK. The ever-increasing demand for fertility services combined with the dwindling availability of NHS-funding for fertility treatment has created a booming 'fertility industry'... [Read More]
TV Review: The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2
5 November 2018 - by Annabel Slater
The Handmaid's Tale portrays a societal response to infertility taken to the darkest of extremes. After watching the two seasons of it, I am struggling to link it to today's world without getting on my soapbox to protest for women's rights and the importance of a secular state... [Read More]
Video Review: A groundbreaking way to stop mitochondrial disease – TedMed
29 October 2018 - by Hannah Tippett Simpson
'Every time somebody decides to have a baby, they're engaging in a game of Russian roulette,' argues  Professor Mary Herbert, a reproductive biologist at the University of Newcastle. Around 60-70 percent of fertilised eggs will never make it to pregnancy. You could see simply being here as a sign that we have beaten the odds... [Read More]
Film Review: Thank You For Coming
22 October 2018 - by Georgia Everett
Watching this film truly brought me into the shoes of a donor-conceived child. As an embryologist, I’ve been trained to be empathetic and well-counselled on the rollercoaster that is fertility treatment, but film-maker Sara Lamm’s search for her donor father opened a world of emotions I had yet to consider... [Read More]
Radio Review: Fertility and the Environment – BBC Radio 4
22 October 2018 - by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
A dystopian world where environmental pollutants are leading to sterility of the human race – fiction, or a stark reality of where we are heading?... [Read More]
Book Review: Dreams Before the Start of Time
15 October 2018 - by Susan Tranfield
'Dreams Before the Start of Time', a novel by Ann Charnock, 2018 winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for SFX Book of the Year, begins in a not-so-distant possible future. In this world, humans exert so much control over reproduction that, over the course of just 100 years, the notion of gestating a fetus in its mother's womb comes to be viewed with pity if not downright hostility... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out North East & Cumbria - 24.09.18 (BBC)
8 October 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The demand for sperm donors is rapidly rising within the UK. This partly reflects the growing number of single women opting to start a family, as well as an increasing number of women in same-sex relationships who wish to conceive... [Read More]
TV Review: Coronation Street's DNA Secrets – ITV
1 October 2018 - by Sarah Gregory
Coronation Street's DNA Secrets gave a whirlwind tour around the ethnic diversities hidden in the gene pools of some of the soap's most well-loved stars, past and present... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Should we fear gene editing?' – TedMed
1 October 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
The TedMed talk by Professor Alta Charo, entitled 'Should we fear gene editing?', highlights the progress made and the concerns raised in genetic research over the past fifty years... [Read More]
TV Review: One Day that Changed My Life (Episode 5, Series 3) – BBC One
24 September 2018 - by Henry Raikes
The very wording of the title of the BBC documentary series 'One Day That Changed My Life' gives any observer an idea of the tone of the programme they are about to watch. Drama and suspense seem to dominate as each episode weaves in and out of the stories of four individuals and their attempts to overcome various obstacles and achieve a certain goal... [Read More]
Book Review: Towards a Professional Model of Surrogate Motherhood
10 September 2018 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
What is a 'professional model' of surrogacy? The title of this book intrigued me before I had even turned a page... [Read More]
Radio Review: Biohacking – BBC Radio 4
10 September 2018 - by Alexander Ware
Recent programmes like Biohacking are what help Radio 4 maintain its place atop my ranking of BBC media outlets. I think I'd pay the license fee for it alone... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Egg – Edinburgh Fringe
3 September 2018 - by Annabel Slater
An evocative and arresting sight hung suspended at the entrance to Egg. Sarah Bebe Holmes lay coiled inside a clear plastic bag of water, eyes closed, delicately moving her fists like a fetus in the womb... [Read More]
Game Review: Pandemic
20 August 2018 - by Alexander Ware
'Are you willing to bend the rules?' This is the first of many questions that you will be faced with in director John Bradburn's latest project with London's Science Museum: 'Pandemic', commissioned as part of the Frankenstein Festival... [Read More]
Podcast Review: In Vitro Fertilisation, 40 Years On
13 August 2018 - by Kate Antoni
As an A-level student, my knowledge of the history and processes behind IVF are limited, to say the least; but the Guardian's podcast, 'In vitro fertilisation: 40 years on', brought IVF's past, present and future onto my radar... [Read More]
Event Review: IVF at 40 – Science Museum
6 August 2018 - by Grace O'Regan
Forty years ago last month, the first IVF baby came screaming into the world, after ten long years of pioneering medical trials... [Read More]
Radio Review: Boston Calling – Baby Guaranteed
6 August 2018 - by Melanie Krause
'A choice without a choice: surrogacy or prostitution.' This statement from doctor Olga Gajovic, a Ukrainian feminist and activist, to me is probably the most memorable piece of the Boston Calling episode 'Baby guaranteed' on BBC World Service... [Read More]
TV Review: Tyneside's Genetic Pioneers
23 July 2018 - by Cara Foley
'We're about to witness a miracle!' A lady in the throes of childbirth fills the screen, and with a long, drawn-out grunt of pain, baby Leo is born... [Read More]
Theatre Review: 'The Egg Rumour' at the The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham
16 July 2018 - by Dr Kylie Baldwin
For a full day after seeing the musical 'The Egg Rumour' at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham, I had the catchy jingle from the fictional egg freezing company ringing my head... [Read More]
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