The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 23-24 March 2019
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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]
Book Review: Legalising Mitochondrial Donation
4 February 2019 - by Laura O'Donovan
There are few areas of science more fiercely debated than assisted reproduction. Technologies initially developed to enable infertile individuals to have longed-for children have advanced, changing and re-defining the possibilities of human reproduction... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Genome edited babies – Science Weekly, The Guardian
4 February 2019 - by Sam Sherratt
Last November, Dr He Jiankui, a former associate professor of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzen, China, made the announcement that he had created the first ever genome edited human children by using CRISPR to create mutations designed to make the children more resistant to HIV... [Read More]
TV review: The Big Questions - Should we be striving to eliminate mistakes from the genome? (BBC One, Series 12, Episode 2)
28 January 2019 - by Alexander Ware
This episode of 'The Big Questions' starts with just that: a big question. One with no easy answer – which usually signposts an interesting debate... [Read More]
Book review: My Story, My Gift – books for the children of egg, sperm and embryo donors
21 January 2019 - by Tracey Sainsbury
Not one, but a series of books are the latest additions to the fantastic resources available from the Donor Conception Network. For many years, we have enjoyed the books for children of parents thanks to donor conception, but these are the first printed books available for the children of donors... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 'Genetics Unzipped' by the Genetics Society
21 January 2019 - by Eleanor Lynam
As a hardened podcast obsessive working in the field of genetics, I was excited to listen to the Genetics Society podcast 'Genetics Unzipped'... [Read More]
Book Review: Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies – New Horizons
7 January 2019 - by Victoria Adkins
In 'Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies: New Horizons', Dr Amel Alghrani explores the future regulation of new reproductive technologies, specifically ectogenesis – gestating a fetus outside of a human body in an artificial womb, and uterus transplants... [Read More]
Book Review: Your Family - A Donor Kid's Story
17 December 2018 - by Tracey Sainsbury
The new book by Wendy Kramer 'Your Family: A Donor Kid's Story' was eagerly anticipated; I was very much looking forward to having a child-friendly resource to share with clients attending implications counselling ahead of trying to conceive with donated eggs, sperm or embryos. The book was promoted for children aged five to seven, factually introducing donor conception and the presence of genetic half siblings... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Viking Code – BBC Radio 4
17 December 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
Nearly everyone in modern day Europe is descended from the Vikings: this was the revelation I discovered when listening to a recent episode of BBC Radio 4's 'The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Mike Stratton and cancer genes - The Life Scientific (BBC Radio 4)
3 December 2018 - by Nana Mensah
Question: can you name a single breast cancer gene? If we surveyed the public, BRCA would be my bet for the most common reply... [Read More]
Book Review: Good Quality - The Routinisation of Sperm Banking in China
26 November 2018 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva
'Good Quality' by Professor Ayo Wahlberg is a fascinating description of sperm donation in China, based on his fieldwork conducted between 2007-2014. Anyone familiar with donor programmes will recognise the challenges of sperm donor recruitment, retention and quality assurance described, although Professor Wahlberg argues that this, set within China's cultural, juridical, economic and social landscape, has resulted in a unique style of sperm banking... [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]
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]
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