The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018
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Event Review: The Future of Your Genetic Health
12 March 2018 - by Dr Rachel Brown
What are the medical and ethical implications of genetic technologies such as gene therapy, personalised medicine, and genome editing?  [Read More]
Radio review: Life Scientific – Sir John Burn
5 March 2018 - by Isobel Steer
'​​​​If you've had one child with a major problem, will it happen again? If several members of your family have developed an early onset neurological disorder, you say, will it be me?'... [Read More]
Book Review: Surrogacy - Our Family's Journey
26 February 2018 - by Cara Nuttall
Surrogacy: Our Family's Journey is a personal account of author James Phillip's emotional journey from contemplating fatherhood, deciding to embark on a foreign surrogacy arrangement through to conception, pregnancy and eventually, birth and parenthood... [Read More]
Board Game Review: The Genomics Game
19 February 2018 - by Jean Bvumbe
It's not often you get to play board games at work. Recently at Guy's Hospital in London, the research nurse team were delighted to try out The Genomics Game, released by the NHS's Genomics Education Programme... [Read More]
Book Review: The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth - Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing
12 February 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
Academics have written at length on the ethics of reproductive technologies, abortion and speculative possibilities such as reproductive cloning. But pregnancy itself up until recently has been a somewhat neglected topic... [Read More]
Book Review: The Telomere Effect - A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
5 February 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton
We are already into the second month of 2018, so if you made New Year's resolutions then the chances are that, like me, you've long ditched them – especially any regarding your health. It seems that changing old habits is hard, even those that we know will increase our risk of succumbing to disease and disability... [Read More]
Event review: The Great Genome Sequencing Debate
5 February 2018 - by Evelyn Jager
'This House believes that everyone should have their whole genome sequenced at birth.' This was the motion discussed at The Great Genome Sequencing Debate at the Royal Institution on Wednesday 24 January, sponsored by Roche... [Read More]
Radio review: Science in Action - CRISPR immunity
5 February 2018 - by Theofanis Michailidis
As a law graduate with a special interest in medical law and bioethics, I admit having very limited scientific background or knowledge... [Read More]
Book Review: Selective Reproduction in the 21st Century
29 January 2018 - by Jamie Rickman
In 2012, social scientists representing 20 different countries and all five continents gathered to discuss the 'routinisation' and globalisation of selective reproductive technologies in Copenhagen, Denmark... [Read More]
Radio Review: Surrogacy in The Archers
29 January 2018 - by Olivia Montuschi
For some unknown reason rooted in the mists of time I am addicted to The Archers, the not-so-everyday story of country folk that has been running on Radio 4 at 7pm every day except Saturday pretty much for ever... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - The Future of Genomic Medicine
22 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt
Over the last few years we've seen a welcome explosion in the number of scientific podcasts aiming to spread the gospel about new research that may otherwise miss the attention of the mainstream media. With this in mind, I recently sat down to listen to an episode of Naked Genetics, a weekly podcast covering the 'latest genetics news and breakthroughs from the DNA world'... [Read More]
Radio Review: Inside Science - Ancient DNA and Human Evolution
22 January 2018 - by Ewa Zotow
The programme starts with a bold statement: 'No other field of science has experienced such an upheaval in the last few years as human evolution.' There is a reason for it: the recent addition of the DNA research to the toolbox of techniques available to evolutionary scientists has led to remarkable findings... [Read More]
Book Review: Making Friends with your Fertility
15 January 2018 - by Susan Tranfield
The entire landscape of human fertility, from puberty to menopause, is the uncharted territory we tread from adolescence to middle age and sometimes beyond. It is a heady mixture of hormones, reproductive functions and barely acknowledged social and emotional narratives played out against our own and familial expectations... [Read More]
Event Review: The ethics and regulation of in vitro gametogenesis (IVG)
8 January 2018 - by Sarah Carter-Walshaw
IVG involves the use of stem cells to create sperm and egg cells in vitro, which can then be used to produce embryos. It is a technique that could provide a fertility treatment option for people who currently cannot have their own genetically related children – including infertile individuals or couples, older women, and same-sex couples... [Read More]
Radio Review: PM - Our Fertility Journey
11 December 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
Despite concerted efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding fertility struggles, there still appears to be a 'facelessness' to this incredibly common issue, which suggests that fertility is still very much a taboo subject... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre
4 December 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Of Kith and Kin is a play about surrogacy that seems to have very little to say about surrogacy... [Read More]
Event Review: Darwin Lecture: from gene identification to clinical benefit - the example of cystic fibrosis
27 November 2017 - by Lea Goetz
The Darwin lecture held at the UK's Royal Society of Medicine in London, and jointly organised with the Linnean Society, gives an annual look at topics in science and medicine.... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out London - Eggs on ice
6 November 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a 33-year-old single woman, who also happens to work in a fertility clinic, babies are unsurprisingly never far from my mind. I spend a lot of time wondering whether I should freeze my eggs. A lot... [Read More]
Event Review: Manchester Science Festival - Reproduction 2.0
30 October 2017 - by Laura O'Donovan
Almost forty years have passed since the 1978 birth of Louise Brown – the first IVF baby – launched a revolution in reproductive medicine resulting in over 250,000 births in the UK alone... [Read More]
Book Review: Bioinformation
16 October 2017 - by Ryan Ross
Since 2011, Polity Books has published a number of books in its 'Resources Series', which have focused on subjects like diamonds, oil and timber. Yet its forthcoming volume marks something of a shift, for its focus is bioinformation... [Read More]
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