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Film Review: The Art of Waiting
23 November 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
From a purely practical standpoint, IVF is surely a brilliant cinematic device for a film about a relationship. It's an opportunity to explore a whole range of topics – how relationships tolerate the sheer amount of strain, how individuals begin to portray themselves and their partner, how they are treated by their friends and relatives – each bringing with it romance, passion, conflict, and, hopefully, humour and love... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Past, Present and Future of the Human Genome Project
23 November 2020 - by Ruth Retassie
This episode of the series showcased the history of the Human Genome Project in a way that was accessible for the general public, while also being specific and detailed enough to be interesting to science-savvy listeners... [Read More]
TV Review: Brave New World
16 November 2020 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
With an increasing dependence on social media and technology to stay connected, it is not hard to imagine a dystopian future like that painted in the modern retelling of 'Brave New World'... [Read More]
TV Review: Me, My Brother and Our Balls
16 November 2020 - by Will Spilsbury
In 2019 BBC Three started filming a documentary about male fertility – specifically that of Love Island star Chris Hughes, and his elder brother Ben... [Read More]
Book Review: We Are Family – What really matters for parents and children
9 November 2020 - by Chiara Thomas
As changes in attitudes, law, and assisted reproductive technology have taken place regarding family structures, Professor Susan Golombok has followed these developments, keeping children's wellbeing at the forefront of her research as she explores the experiences of these families... [Read More]
TV Review: Biohackers
9 November 2020 - by Dr Alexander Ware
A new Netflix show in which biohackers are just a side-show to the dark side of laboratory science... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Golden Egg
2 November 2020 - by Katy Lindemann
Young women are being offered the chance to delay the menopause, with this podcast asking the question: how did we end up here?... [Read More]
TV Review: 25 Siblings and Me
2 November 2020 - by Freddie Howell
'Eye-opening and jaw dropping' is how Stephen Fry described this documentary, featuring Oli, a young British man with Asperger's who has long known about his donor conception and recently discovers he has a family of 25 siblings from his American donor... [Read More]
Event Review: Egg freezing – what's the deal with fertility preservation?
26 October 2020 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
Billed as a 'forum for civilized disagreement', this hour-long webinar offers an opportunity to understand what egg freezing is, how and why it is accessed and what its long term implications are for the women who use it... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Freezing time
26 October 2020 - by Ëlo Luik
Freezing Time is a new podcast series that follows writer Sophia Money-Coutts on her journey to freeze her eggs... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Some Families – We're both the other daddy
19 October 2020 - by Javier Bautista
Surrogacy has given queer couples the opportunity to have a biological child, expanding ideas about the paths to parenthood... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Naked Scientists – Deafness gene identified
19 October 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
After a mere 22 years of study, researchers in the Netherlands have finally pinpointed the genetic cause behind one type of hearing loss. This sounds potentially ground-breaking, so I was excited to learn more about the story in the 'Deafness Gene Identified' podcast, by The Naked Scientists... [Read More]
Event Review: The Genetics of Mental Health – Episode one
12 October 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
We get a great deal of mileage out of the terms 'nature' and 'nurture', even though thinking about evolution, human beings, and life using these supposedly distinct and mutually exclusive labels is surely a gross simplification... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Donor 9623
12 October 2020 - by Annabel Slater
Xytex is a major sperm bank based in Atlanta, Georgia. Donor 9623 was one of their star offerings, a sperm donor with an irresistible description... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Pimp My Genome – The wonderful world of epigenetics
5 October 2020 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Although we have known of the interactions of nature and nurture for decades, the term 'epigenetics' has only recently been taken up by scientists and the wider public to refer to these phenomena... [Read More]
Podcast Review: SART Fertility Experts – Gestational carriers
28 September 2020 - by Dr Helen Robertson
'Gestational carriers' was not a term I had ever heard prior to being asked to review the latest podcast produced by ASRM Today and SART Fertility Experts. I think that this in itself exemplifies the differences between the UK and the US, which were very obvious throughout the podcast... [Read More]
Podcast Review: DNA Today – PGT for polygenic conditions
21 September 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
In this episode of 'DNA Today's' series about infertility, certified genetic counsellor Jennifer Eccles, head of genetic counselling at Genomic Prediction, put her case for a new type of preimplantation genetic testing, called PGT-P... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Mapping Humanity – How modern genetics is changing criminal justice, personalised medicine, and our identities
21 September 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
Facilitating productive discussion between scientists, policymakers, and the public surrounding genetic technologies, and their applications, is more crucial than ever... [Read More]
Event Review: COVID-19 – Evidence and limitations of genetics in relation to BAME groups
14 September 2020 - by Martha Roberts
I was aware of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the UK but I did not know much about the causes... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Franklin Centenary Podcast
14 September 2020 - by Lone Hørlyck
When I was asked to review a podcast about Dr Rosalind Franklin for BioNews, the name was definitely familiar but I needed to google her name to remind myself that she was a researcher and chemist, most known for her work towards the discovery of the structures of DNA, RNA and viruses... [Read More]
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