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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]
Book Review: The Mother Project – Making it to parenthood the (very) long way round
12 July 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
I've followed Sophie Beresiner's award-winning column in the Times, The Mother Project, throughout my PhD, with her pieces providing an intended mother's perspective of surrogacy... [Read More]
Event Review: Shining a Light on Genetic Disorders – Genetic eye disorders
12 July 2021 - by Joseph Hamilton
The Institute of Genetics and Cancer at the University of Edinburgh virtually hosted their seventh genetic eye disease conference in June 2021, connecting geneticists, clinicians and researchers from the Medical Reseach Council Human Genetics Unit... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Heart and Soul – Creating life after death
5 July 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
It didn't take long after starting to write for BioNews to realise that research into fertility and conception is less about understanding their features or mechanisms, and far more about our undeniable, unassailable right to family... [Read More]
Webinar Review: Neonatal testing for rare diseases – The power of knowing
5 July 2021 - by Tsvetana Stoilova
A single blood drop, taken without your consent, can be life-changing... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Male Infertility with Kevin Button
28 June 2021 - by Ahmed Amer
I first heard about the Fertility Podcast a few years ago from a patient who told me her and her partner used the podcast series, and other social media outlets, as a method of deciphering the unfamiliar world of infertility treatment they inadvertently found themselves in... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 'Will Cancer Make Me Infertile?' – That cancer conversation
28 June 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Several studies have shown that cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can have temporary or even permanent effects on fertility by damaging the ovaries or testis... [Read More]
Book Review: Rebel Cell – Cancer, evolution and the science of life
21 June 2021 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Cancer has plagued humans throughout history, but it's not a uniquely human affliction – it can be found lurking in virtually every living creature going as far back as the dinosaurs... [Read More]
Book Review: The Code Breaker – Jennifer Douda, gene editing and the future of the human race
14 June 2021 - by Eleanor Taylor
The genome editing capabilities of the CRISPR/Cas9 approach have created an enormous amount of excitement and an equal amount of concern within the scientific community. It is therefore unsurprising that this contentious form of biotechnology has entered the cultural zeitgeist and become a key topic of public interest... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Why Have Sperm Counts More Than Halved in the Past 40 years?
7 June 2021 - by Hayley Fryer
We've all been told that smoking, drinking too much and being overweight are bad for our overall health and can have a negative impact on our fertility... [Read More]
Theatre Review: From Me to Us
7 June 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
The change in the HFE Act to extend eligibility for parental orders to single parents forms the basis of Wayne Steven Jackson's autobiographical play, From Me to Us... [Read More]
Book Review: CRISPR People – The science and ethics of editing humans
1 June 2021 - by Dr Helen Robertson
In November 2018, the Chinese scientist Dr He Jiankui announced to attendees of the second International Summit on Human Genome Editing that he had used the CRISPR genome editing approach to modify the DNA of embryos before implanting them in their mother's uterus... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Making Better Medicines – Unlocking the promise of genomics for drug discovery
1 June 2021 - by Manon Everard
This podcast by Genetics Unzipped discussed some of the genomic advances that have occurred since the Human Genome Project, and their contribution to the development of a new and improved pharmaceutical industry... [Read More]
Event Review: Queer Conceptions – Families in the 21st Century
24 May 2021 - by Liam Davis
What makes a family? What was once probably a simple question to answer can now be complicated (or 'queered'). There are now various models of family to consider, which departs from the 'traditional' ideal of a married, cisgender man and woman with biogenetic children... [Read More]
Podcast Review: COVID In Your Genes – The risk factors
17 May 2021 - by Elpida Fragouli
Genomic sequencing has numerous applications, including determining genealogy, the presence or absence of common mutations in a couple who are considering becoming pregnant, and even the susceptibility of contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus which leads to COVID-19, and the severity of the subsequent disease... [Read More]
TV Review: Strangers Making Babies
17 May 2021 - by Daniel Malynn
As anyone who has met me will attest, I am very rarely lost for words, but Channel 4's Strangers Making Babies documentary has left me dumbstruck... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Humanity's Awesome, Terrifying Take-Over of Evolution
10 May 2021 - by Dr Alexander Ware
This is something of a meta-review, as the podcast is purportedly a review of a book. The podcast is primarily a gently meandering discussion between journalist and author... [Read More]
Podcast Review: A Brief History of CRISPR – How we learned to edit the genome
4 May 2021 - by Devika Sooklall
This genetic society podcast gives us a brief look into the history of genome editing and the various techniques that have been developed that have led us to where we are today... [Read More]
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