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Book Review: The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA matters for social equality
18 October 2021 - by Dr John Gillott
'Genetic differences between people create differences between them in their likelihood of having speech and language problems. Genetic differences between people create differences between them in their likelihood of being homeless. The first sentence is not particularly controversial; the second one almost definitely is. But why?'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: CRISPR Stops Rare Genetic Disease in New Human Trial
18 October 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Genome editing is a group of approaches that enable scientists to add, remove or alter selected DNA sequences at particular locations in the genome... [Read More]
Book Review: When Reproduction Meets Ageing: The science and medicine of the fertility decline
11 October 2021 - by Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos
While far from an easy read, due to the mostly dense, academic language, Bühler provides a useful new look at the biological clock and how often it's miscalculated as well as the hazards of a 'one-size-fits-all' presentation of fertility... [Read More]
Book Review: Klara and the Sun
4 October 2021 - by Jen Willows
Klara and the Sun is a warm, readable novel with a small cast of well-developed characters. Ultimately it is a story about family, love, friendship and being human... [Read More]
Radio Review: Genetic Dreams, Genetic Nightmares
4 October 2021 - by Anna Wernick
Hosted by Professor Matthew Cobb of the University of Manchester, Genetic Dreams, Genetic Nightmares took me back to his lectures during my undergraduate degree there... [Read More]
Film Review: Together Together
27 September 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
In Together Together, writer-director Nikole Beckwith presents the complex relationship between Matt and Anna, a couple only in the sense of being two people... [Read More]
Podcast Review: #GenomicsConversation 2021 – It's complicated! or is it?
27 September 2021 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
'It's Complicated! Or is it?' – this is the notion that Dr Michelle Bishop, Amelia McPherson and Dr Ed Miller from the Genomic Education Programme team, a part of Health Education England, are aiming to challenge in this podcast... [Read More]
TV Review: Human the World Within – Birth
20 September 2021 - by Joseph Hamilton
Gird your loins for we are amid a reproductive revolution, or so I am informed in Birth, episode six of the Netflix documentary series Human: The World Within... [Read More]
Book Review: Fertility Issues
13 September 2021 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
Fertility Issues is one of a series of educational booklets from Independence Educational Publishers, aimed at children aged over 11 in key stages 3, 4, and above, which aims to present and explore contemporary social issues in an unbiased way... [Read More]
Film Review: Mimi
13 September 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
I have recently become obsessed with an intriguing phenomenon known as 'twin films'... [Read More]
Book Review: DNA Demystified – Unravelling the double helix
6 September 2021 - by Eleanor Taylor
DNA seems to have a celebrity-like status within the public media sphere. It is used to catch the 'bad guys', resolve paternity disputes and tell you what medical conditions you are predisposed to... [Read More]
Book Review: Robo-Babies
6 September 2021 - by Dr Eleanor Lynam
When my wife and I found out we were going to become mums to twin girls, one of our first conversations was about how we would teach them about the miracle of life... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Don't Ask Don't Get, Baby
31 August 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
What does it mean to be related to someone? Written and performed by Alice Underwood, Don't Ask Don't Get, Baby is a heart-warming autobiographical story about coming to terms with being a donor-conceived person... [Read More]
Book Review: (M)otherhood – On the choices of being a woman
23 August 2021 - by Dr Helen Robertson
(M)otherhood is a frank, moving account of what it means to be a woman in a society that remains conflicted by fertility and female identity... [Read More]
Book Review: Human Germline Genome Modification and the Right To Science
16 August 2021 - by Jen Willows
Genome editing – it's something we report on almost every week in BioNews in one form or another, and CRISPR has become a media buzzword... [Read More]
Film Review: The Surrogate
9 August 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
Jeremy Hersh's feature film debut, The Surrogate, is a powerful narrative on the complex relationships and choices involved in surrogacy... [Read More]
Book Review: Two-Week Wait – an IVF story
2 August 2021 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
Written by Luke and Kelly Jackson, 'Two-Week Wait' is a story about IVF that anyone with experience of the treatment can identify with... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Ingenious
26 July 2021 - by Georgina Al-Badri
The jargon-free BBC4 genetics podcast series, Ingenious, exposes the history and future of research into a selection of genes... [Read More]
Podcast Review: SART Fertility Experts – Behind the scenes in the IVF lab
26 July 2021 - by Semyon Bodian
Speaking as someone who is firmly a layman regarding IVF clinics and their inner workings, I was interested to learn about how the labs of IVF clinics operate... [Read More]
Book Review: Dark Lullaby
19 July 2021 - by Annabel Slater
Dark Lullaby, by Polly Ho-Yen, is a story about a dystopian society suffering mass, unexplained infertility. Yet I found the premise and world, even for a dystopia, somewhat unsatisfying... [Read More]
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