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Rose Palmer

Rose Palmer was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, where her dissertation concerned moral reasoning regarding sex selection of embryos, and she went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University London. She has a particular interest in stem cells, genetics and the ethics of new reproductive technologies.

BioNews Review articles written by Rose Palmer:
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TV Review: Brave New World - Biology
5 December 2011 - by Rose Palmer
Breakthroughs in biology that 'will transform the resilience and strength of the human body' are the subject of the last episode of Stephen Hawking's brilliant series 'Brave New World'. In just under an hour 'Biology' takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of some of the newest and most awe-inspiring technologies. We're talking cures for cancer, organ regeneration and experiments in longevity and heritability... [Read More]
Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
17 January 2011 - by Rose Palmer
This is an extraordinary book about a woman who died on 4 October 1951, but whose legacy will continue exponentially. Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer who died, aged only 31, in the 'coloured ward' of John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Rose Palmer:
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Life sentence: Palestinian prisoner has son from smuggled sperm
28 August 2012 - by Rose Palmer
A Palestinian prisoner has reportedly fathered a son after his sperm was smuggled out of an Israeli prison where he was serving a life sentence.... [Read More]
NHS payout for children fathered by nephew sperm donor
25 June 2012 - by Rose Palmer
Two children of a lesbian couple are due to receive £70,000 compensation from the NHS after a mistake led to the death of their sperm donor father. The man was also the nephew of one of the women... [Read More]
Sex determination test successful at just seven weeks
15 August 2011 - by Rose Palmer
A simple blood test for pregnant women can accurately predict the sex of a fetus at seven weeks, much earlier than conventional techniques, new research has found. A systematic review and meta-analysis examined the results of 57 earlier studies that included more than 6,500 pregnancies... [Read More]
Sperm donor had 24 kids and a fatal genetic mutation
1 August 2011 - by Rose Palmer
A man who fathered at least 24 children by sperm donation in the US failed to inform fertility clinics that he had a rare genetic defect which is often fatal, ABC news has reported... [Read More]
Recommendations on cross-border reproductive travel published
4 July 2011 - by Rose Palmer
The shortage of egg and sperm donors, and the cost of IVF in the UK, need to be addressed to reduce the number of people travelling abroad for fertility treatment, according to a report published this week.... [Read More]
Tracker to prevent IVF embryo 'mix-ups' shortlisted for prize
13 September 2010 - by Rose Palmer
A new technology used by Hull IVF unit to prevent clinical mix-ups when sperm and eggs are combined in the laboratory is to be rolled-out for use across the UK, and has been nominated for an award... [Read More]
UK may allow payments for gamete donors
31 August 2010 - by Rose Palmer
Egg and sperm donors in the UK could receive increased compensation under new proposals aimed at reducing the number of couples travelling abroad for treatment... [Read More]
DNA tests for cancer promised
1 March 2010 - by Rose Palmer
A personalised blood test that could track how a tumour responds to treatment and whether cancer is recurring has been developed by researchers in the U.S... [Read More]
Discovered: The starting pistil for sperm
8 February 2010 - by Rose Palmer
Scientists from the University of California in San Francisco have identified the mechanism by which sperm start swimming towards the egg when they enter the female reproductive system. The discovery could lead to drugs that boost male fertility and new forms of contraceptives... [Read More]
HFEA squeezes multiple birth limit to 20 per cent
1 February 2010 - by Rose Palmer
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has set a 20 per cent maximum multiple birth rate for fertility clinics. Last year's maximum rate - the first since the HFEA's multiple births policy was introduced - was 24 percent. The new rate will become effective from 6 April 2010.... [Read More]