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Podcast Review: Episode 3: The Gene Gap - Can we trust science to police itself?
6 April 2020 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
The perception of science and its potential benefits for medical progress varies greatly within society, and depends on someone's ethnic or cultural background, as well as their level of scientific knowledge and understanding... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Episode 2: The Gene Gap - Who decides what should happen next?
30 March 2020 - by Dr Alexander Ware
Why aren't more people involved in the discussion surrounding how genome editing should be used?... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Episode 1: The Gene Gap - What does it mean to be human?
23 March 2020 - by Alegria Vaz Mouyal
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a parent of a child with Down's syndrome?... [Read More]
Film Review: Childless in the world's most fertile country (BBC Africa Eye)
16 March 2020 - by Ahmed Amer
The impact infertility has on the quality of life is significant... [Read More]
I:DNA Review
16 March 2020 - by Amarpreet Kaur
I:DNA is an artistic installation created from research data collated by Dr Felicity Boardman from the University of Warwick in collaboration with Santé Theatre and Media Productions... [Read More]
Book Review: The Dance of Life: Symmetry, Cells and How We Become Human
9 March 2020 - by Julian Hitchcock
The Dance of Life: Symmetry, Cells and How We Become Human is the autobiography of the developmental biologist Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, written with the unobtrusive but unerring support of a master science writer, Dr Roger Highfield... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Hidden family secrets revealed by genetic testing
9 March 2020 - by Christina Burke
'What is it to be human? What is it to be family?' These are the words of this week's interviewee, Jack Nunn, on The Genetics Society 'Unzipped' podcast: 'Hidden family secrets unveiled by genetic testing'... [Read More]
Film Review: DNA testing, sperm donor anonymity and me
2 March 2020 - by Freddie Howell
Anyone who donated sperm, eggs or embryos in the UK prior to the 2005 law change was promised life-long anonymity. Now in 2020, the probability of donors remaining anonymous is very much diminished, and continues to reduce, as more and more people take direct-to-consumer DNA tests... [Read More]
Documentary Review: The Gene Revolution (BBC Storyville)
24 February 2020 - by Dr Alexander Ware
Storyville, the BBC4 series showcasing international documentaries, have recently aired a feature length piece entitled 'The Gene Revolution: Changing Human Nature'... [Read More]
Event Review: The Gene Gap – Who would you trust to edit the human race?
17 February 2020 - by Ana Hallgarten
The Guardian Live's event entitled 'The Gene Gap: 'Who would you trust to edit the human race?', took place on 28 January 2020 at SamsungKX, London... [Read More]
Book Review: The Human DNA Manual – Understanding Your Genetic Code
10 February 2020 - by Eleanor Taylor
DNA-themed products are becoming increasingly common within the consumer marketplace, however, genetic literacy within the general population is typically poor which may make it difficult for potential customers to scrutinise these products with a discerning eye... [Read More]
Radio Review: Trying to Find a Black Egg Donor
3 February 2020 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
At 38 years of age, with four failed rounds of IVF behind her, Natasha wants to know why she can't find a non-white egg donor... [Read More]
Exhibition Review: Human Nature
27 January 2020 - by Ahmed Amer
As a scientist, genetics has always fascinated me; it's our looks, traits, behaviours and diseases; our past, our present and our future... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Stem Cell Hard Sell (BBC Radio 4)
20 January 2020 - by Isobel Steer
This BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Stem Cell Hard Sell', hosted by Lesley Curwen, aired on 7 January... [Read More]
Radio Review: Sex, Drugs & Lullabies: men matter (BBC Radio Humberside)
6 January 2020 - by Richard Clothier
As a former fertility treatment patient, I campaign to end the IVF treatment postcode lottery and I help to run a fertility support platform for men... [Read More]
Review: Human Nature
16 December 2019 - by Ana Hallgarten
Human Nature, directed by Adam Bolt is a documentary aimed at educating a wide audience about genome editing and the discovery and possible uses of CRISPR... [Read More]
Book Review: Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy
9 December 2019 - by Rita D'Alton-Harrison
To prohibit or not to prohibit? To profit or not to profit? These are questions fundamental to the regulation of surrogacy but are not questions that you will find fully answered in this book... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Artificial Wombs and the Promise for Premature Babies (Science Weekly, The Guardian)
9 December 2019 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The concept of growing a baby in an engineered environment, or an 'artificial womb', perhaps seems more suited to a sci-fi movie than a real-life medical scenario... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Designer Genes (Babbage, The Economist)
2 December 2019 - by Isobel Steer
When we think of designer babies, we may think of genome-edited babies with their DNA cut and spliced, perhaps using CRISPR... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Moral Maze Debates the Morality of Genetics (BBC Radio 4 available on iPlayer)
2 December 2019 - by Dr Joanne Delange
On 6 November, eight individuals with varying views debated the morality of genetics on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze... [Read More]
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