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Sarah Pritchard

Sarah Pritchard is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews and a communications officer for Bristol Mental Health where her role sees her working with over 10 partnership organisations across the mental health sector. Previously, she was a communications advisor for the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand and a medical news writer for MedWire, an independent online medical news service. Previously, she studied English and Philosophy at the University of York, where she became interested in the ethics of complex and controversial life-and-death issues. She subsequently obtained an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from Kings College London, where her research focused on the legal and ethical implications of new and developing reproductive technologies and genetic therapy.

BioNews Comment articles written by Sarah Pritchard:
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Why the UK should be leading the discussion on embryo engineering
11 January 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard
Sir Mark Walport, the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, gave the keynote address at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference, where he highlighted the complexity of assessing emerging science and technology, particularly in relation to genome editing... [Read More]
The end of the HFEA: Are we throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
24 January 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard
'We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we began to form into teams we were reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. And a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation' - quoted by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge. The Progress Educational Trust and Anne Mclaren Memorial Fund organised a debate last week... [Read More]
Paying egg donors: a child at any price?
25 October 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard
Should we pay women to become egg donors to tackle the 'mismatch' between supply and demand? This question was debated last week in an event organised by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine, supported by the National Gamete Donation Trust and the British Fertility Society (BFS)... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Sarah Pritchard:
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Radio Review: Editing Life
22 February 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard
Professor Matthew Cobb investigates some of the implications of the groundbreaking CRISPR genome-editing technology in this BBC Radio 4 documentary... [Read More]
Video Review: Data in the 100,000 Genomes Project
28 September 2015 - by Sarah Pritchard
Genomics England has produced a short animated film to explain exactly what happens to the data it is collecting as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project. After watching it, I feel that I know exactly where my data would go if I was to take part in the project, and that they would be guarded like the crown jewels... [Read More]
Radio Review: Woman's Hour/Drawing the Line - When IVF Doesn't Work
15 June 2015 - by Sarah Pritchard
How do couples who have undergone unsuccessful cycles of IVF decide when enough is enough? Should people try to set a personal 'limit' of cycles before treatment begins? And what support is out there if treatment doesn't work?... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Sarah Pritchard:
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Rising IVF success blamed for fall in England's adoption rates
12 November 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
Improvements in the success rates of IVF treatment have been cited as part of the reason fewer people are choosing to adopt children in the UK, despite the number of children currently in care reaching a record high... [Read More]
Australian woman wins right to IVF without estranged husband's consent
1 October 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
A woman in Melbourne, Australia, has won the right to undergo IVF treatment using donor sperm, without the consent of her estranged husband... [Read More]
Spanish families stranded in Ukraine in surrogacy limbo
3 September 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
Nearly 30 Spanish families are unable to leave Ukraine with their surrogate-born infants, as they are unable to register the births with the Spanish Consular Civil Registry of the Spanish Embassy in Kiev... [Read More]
Australian Senate endorses mitochondrial donation
2 July 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
Australia may become the second nation to legalise mitochondrial donation, after its Senate endorsed the so-called 'three-person IVF' technique in a recent report... [Read More]
First UK womb transplant to take place this year
11 June 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
The charity Womb Transplant UK has announced its intention to carry out the first womb transplant in the UK by the end of 2018, with living as well as deceased donors... [Read More]
MP Steve McCabe calls for end to postcode lottery in Ten Minute Rule Bill
23 April 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
A new Ten Minute Rule Bill was introduced on 18 April which, if passed, will end the IVF 'postcode lottery' in the UK... [Read More]
'Mini-tumours' could help tailor individual cancer therapy
26 February 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
Researchers have tested cancer drugs on lab-grown 'mini-tumours' and say the results mean that the most appropriate treatment for a patient with cancer could be given faster in future... [Read More]
US fertility doctor accused of using own sperm changes plea
30 October 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard
A retired US fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients at his clinic will plead guilty to misleading investigators... [Read More]
Gay couple denied surrogacy challenges Utah law
18 September 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard
A married gay male couple in Utah is challenging the state's law that says couples need to prove that a woman is unable to have children before turning to surrogacy... [Read More]
IVF treatment may be restricted to 30-35s
7 August 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard
Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Bristol region are the first to propose restricting NHS-funded IVF treatment to women aged 30 to 35 years... [Read More]