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Event Review: A public dialogue on genomic medicine
7 May 2019 - by Ana Hallgarten
The NHS is built around a social contract - an understanding that patients, the public, clinicians and government each have a part to play in saving lives and improving health. Where within this contract does the emerging practice of genomic medicine sit? ... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Engaging the Public with Genome Editing' series, Biochemical Society
7 May 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
'So, forgive my ignorance, but… what do you actually do every day?' As a scientist, this is a question I get asked all too frequently by friends and family. The separation between the scientific community and the wider public is seemingly ever growing... [Read More]
Podcast review: Future Uterus – The ultimate designer accessory (ABC)
29 April 2019 - by Bernie Owusu-Yaw
This podcast mini-series by ABC takes a 'womb's eye view of reproduction', in the words of its presenter Natasha Mitchell... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Beyond Today – Should egg freezing be free?
15 April 2019 - by Jakki Magowan
Beyond Today is a BBC Radio 4 podcast series that aims to engage young people in current news topics. Harriet Noble, one of the show's producers, tackles fertility in this 22-minute programme after pondering whether she should pay to freeze her eggs... [Read More]
BBC Sounds: Carrying my friend's baby - Podcast Review
25 March 2019 - by Hugo Wolfe
We are thrown into the waiting room with Emma and Jane who are attending an IVF consultation for a gestational surrogacy arrangement. The childhood friends are laughing and reminiscing about how it all came about... [Read More]
TV Review: The Big Questions – Should Surrogacy Become a Commercial Business?
11 March 2019 - by Myrto Riga
Should surrogates in the UK be paid more than their reasonable expenses? If they get paid more, could that mean that a baby is essentially being bought and money becomes the motivation to be a surrogate?... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Your Fertility Matters' – Fertility Education Initiative
4 March 2019 - by Susan Tranfield
'Your Fertility Matters' is a short public education film by the Fertility Education Initiative, a special interest group of the British Fertility Society. This animation is aimed at 'young people who may have been told how NOT to get pregnant but will likely know little about factors that could lead to infertility'... [Read More]
Event Review: The British Science Association's Future Debates – Would you share your DNA?
25 February 2019 - by Nana Mensah
The Wellcome Collection in London states its aim as challenging how we think about health. What better place than this to ask the question: 'Would you share your DNA?'... [Read More]
Book Review: Gene Machine – The race to decipher the secrets of the ribosome
18 February 2019 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
It was early October 2009. 'The prize for chemistry was to be announced on Wednesday. The chemistry prize often alternates between the hard-core chemists and the more biological chemists… [Read More]
Book Review: Legalising Mitochondrial Donation
4 February 2019 - by Laura O'Donovan
There are few areas of science more fiercely debated than assisted reproduction. Technologies initially developed to enable infertile individuals to have longed-for children have advanced, changing and re-defining the possibilities of human reproduction... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Genome edited babies – Science Weekly, The Guardian
4 February 2019 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Last November, Dr He Jiankui, a former associate professor of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzen, China, made the announcement that he had created the first ever genome edited human children by using CRISPR to create mutations designed to make the children more resistant to HIV... [Read More]
TV review: The Big Questions - Should we be striving to eliminate mistakes from the genome? (BBC One, Series 12, Episode 2)
28 January 2019 - by Alexander Ware
This episode of 'The Big Questions' starts with just that: a big question. One with no easy answer – which usually signposts an interesting debate... [Read More]
Book review: My Story, My Gift – books for the children of egg, sperm and embryo donors
21 January 2019 - by Tracey Sainsbury
Not one, but a series of books are the latest additions to the fantastic resources available from the Donor Conception Network. For many years, we have enjoyed the books for children of parents thanks to donor conception, but these are the first printed books available for the children of donors... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 'Genetics Unzipped' by the Genetics Society
21 January 2019 - by Eleanor Lynam
As a hardened podcast obsessive working in the field of genetics, I was excited to listen to the Genetics Society podcast 'Genetics Unzipped'... [Read More]
Book Review: Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies – New Horizons
7 January 2019 - by Victoria Adkins
In 'Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies: New Horizons', Dr Amel Alghrani explores the future regulation of new reproductive technologies, specifically ectogenesis – gestating a fetus outside of a human body in an artificial womb, and uterus transplants... [Read More]
Book Review: Your Family - A Donor Kid's Story
17 December 2018 - by Tracey Sainsbury
The new book by Wendy Kramer 'Your Family: A Donor Kid's Story' was eagerly anticipated; I was very much looking forward to having a child-friendly resource to share with clients attending implications counselling ahead of trying to conceive with donated eggs, sperm or embryos. The book was promoted for children aged five to seven, factually introducing donor conception and the presence of genetic half siblings... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Viking Code – BBC Radio 4
17 December 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
Nearly everyone in modern day Europe is descended from the Vikings: this was the revelation I discovered when listening to a recent episode of BBC Radio 4's 'The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Mike Stratton and cancer genes - The Life Scientific (BBC Radio 4)
3 December 2018 - by Nana Mensah
Question: can you name a single breast cancer gene? If we surveyed the public, BRCA would be my bet for the most common reply... [Read More]
Book Review: Good Quality - The Routinisation of Sperm Banking in China
26 November 2018 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva
'Good Quality' by Professor Ayo Wahlberg is a fascinating description of sperm donation in China, based on his fieldwork conducted between 2007-2014. Anyone familiar with donor programmes will recognise the challenges of sperm donor recruitment, retention and quality assurance described, although Professor Wahlberg argues that this, set within China's cultural, juridical, economic and social landscape, has resulted in a unique style of sperm banking... [Read More]
Film Review: Private Life (Netflix)
12 November 2018 - by Rachel Siden
After watching the trailer for the 2018 Netflix film Private Life, I was expecting a dramatic, yet funny and heartfelt tale about a couple struggling to have a child via assisted reproduction, who eventually discover that the family around them is all they truly needed to be happy... [Read More]
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