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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]
Book Review: Genetics (a Ladybird Expert book)
25 June 2018 - by Mikey Lebrett
Nostalgia is a powerful driver of human behaviour. Over the past three years, Penguin Random House has tapped into this emotion by launching adult books with the unmistakable writing style, illustrations and appearance of the classic Ladybird children's books which were sold in their hundreds of millions in the last century... [Read More]
TV Review: CBS 60 Minutes – 'CRISPR'
18 June 2018 - by Isobel Steer
The world is waking up to CRISPR. American media giant CBS sets out to explain to the public what genome editing is – and why it matters – by interviewing some of the top scientists behind the technology... [Read More]
TV Review: Four men, 175 babies: Britain's Super Sperm Donors
18 June 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
As an embryologist working in a fertility clinic, I frequently use donor sperm to help individuals and couples become parents. In my little fertility clinic bubble, sperm donation is a highly regulated process... [Read More]
Book Review: 21 Miles - Swimming in Search of the Meaning of Motherhood
11 June 2018 - by Susan Tranfield
Jessica Hepburn, author of 'The Pursuit of Motherhood’, former executive director of the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and founder of Fertility Fest, underwent eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF, multiple miscarriages and a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy in a decade... [Read More]
TV Review: The Split (BBC 1, Episode 3, Series 1)
11 June 2018 - by Daniel Malynn
As avid readers of BioNews will know, I am a hard-to-please reviewer: more than willing to turn on TV, films, plays, radio or books that poorly represent any fertility issues, particularly those with legal dimension... [Read More]
Video Review: The Code by Retro Report with STAT
8 May 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
Personalised medicine is a topic that pops up frequently in the news and has been for what feels like a long time... [Read More]
TV Review: The Good Karma Hospital 
30 April 2018 - by Daniel Malynn
For those that haven't seen the previous series of The Good Karma Hospital, well done you for having dodged a very dull bullet... [Read More]
Event Review: Personal Genome Project UK's GenoME launch
23 April 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Being an unashamed enthusiast for genetics and genomics research and its potential to improve human health, I was delighted when an email announcing the unveiling of the Personal Genome Project (PGP) UK pilot study arrived in my inbox... [Read More]
Film Review: Annihilation
16 April 2018 - by Anna Mallach
Annihilation is the long-awaited second movie by director Alex Garland, which is now available through Netflix. Following a meteor impact in a rural part of the USA, a 'shimmer' starts to grow: a weird barrier to the outside world, which keeps expanding and engulfing everything in its path... [Read More]
Video Review: The Future of Your Genetic Health
9 April 2018 - by Kathryn Ashe
I thought I was keeping myself well informed about progress in genetic technologies, and what scientists and policy-makers are doing to balance the potential scientific and clinical benefits with ethical obligations. But evidently not, as the fact that some members of the public have been injecting themselves with CRISPR... [Read More]
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