Reviewer needed: ‘Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms’ by Tobias Rees

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms‘ by Tobias Rees (University of California Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Throughout the twentieth century, neuronal researchers knew the adult human brain to be a thoroughly fixed and immutable Read the full article…

New Genetics & Society Journal: New Editors Welcome Submissions from (Bio)Medical Humanities

New Genetics and Society Adam Hedgecoe, Richard Tutton and Martyn Pickersgill The interdisciplinary journal,  New Genetics and Society, was first published in 1999 under the editorship of Peter Glasner and Harry Rothman. Since then it has gone on to play an important role in shaping and defining social scientific research agendas regarding genetics and genomics, Read the full article…

Codebreakers: Makers of modern genetics (Wellcome Library, New digital resource)

Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics is the Wellcome Library‘s new digital resource which contains over a million pages of books and archives relating to the history of genetics. A further half million pages will be added over the coming weeks from the holdings of the Wellcome Library and our partner institutions at Cold Spring Harbor Read the full article…

Cell Culture: Examining how science and literature interact (Symposium, Edinburgh, 3 November 2012)

How accurately does modern literature portray the life sciences?  In what way is the use of science within fiction evolving to create new genres such as “lab-lit”?  Is there more in common, than is often imagined, between the way in which both writers and scientists work? These are some of the fascinating topics that are Read the full article…

‘How Many People Does it Take to Have a Baby?’ – New Research into Mitochondrial Disease

Yesterday the journal Nature published an article that shows the latest developments in attempts to prove how defective DNA in a human egg can be replaced with the equivalent DNA from a healthy egg It hints at a technique, a therapy, that might prevent women from passing on several rare and potentially deadly disorders to Read the full article…

Schizophrenia: Does Talk of Genes and Brains Really Stop a Mother’s Blame?

This week, colleagues from the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry and I have published a qualitative research paper that analyses, for the first time, how relatives of people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia talk about genes to explain the presence of schizophrenia in the family. I have written a blog post hosted on Huffington Read the full article…

Experiencing disability: the right to be impaired versus the legacy of eugenics – A Public Debate, Bristol, Wednesday 14 December

Experiencing disability: the right to be impaired versus the legacy of eugenics: A public debate Wednesday 14 December 2011, 18:30 – 20:00 The Watershed, Bristol Should governments and public health institutions endeavour to take the direction of human evolution into our own hands? If it became feasible would it be in humanity’s best interest to Read the full article…