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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (22 April 2015)

'A TripAdvisor for Fertility Clinics - Would You Recommend It?', a FREE public event in central London on the evening of Wednesday 29 April - click HERE to find out more

There are still a few places left at the Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s next free-to-attend public debate, 'A TripAdvisor for Fertility Clinics - Would You Recommend It?', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London on the evening of Wednesday 29 April.

This debate is sponsored by the British Fertility Society and will explore proposals by the UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, to publish patient feedback on clinics - plans that have drawn comparison with the travel website TripAdvisor.

Click here to find out more, and book your free place now by emailing

Ayala Ochert, Science Editor at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and at PET's flagship publication BioNews

In other news, there's been a changing of the guard at PET and at its publication BioNews. Former editors James Brooks and Siobhan Chan have moved on to work as reporters at Research Fortnight and GP magazine respectively, and their roles have now been taken over by Ayala Ochert and Kirsty Oswald.

Kirsty Oswald, Genetics Editor at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and at PET's flagship publication BioNews

Ayala, our new Science Editor, has previously worked as a freelance science journalist and has written for publications including Nature, New Scientist, Discover, the Independent and the Times Higher Education Supplement. Kirsty, our new Genetics Editor, has previously worked as as a healthcare copywriter and as a medical journalist at medwireNews.

Antony Blackburn-Starza, Legal Editor at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and at PET's flagship publication BioNews

Ayala and Kirsty will be working alongside Legal Editor Antony Blackburn-Starza to bring you the latest news, opinion and reviews in the fields of genetics, assisted conception and embryo/stem cell research. Subscribe to BioNews for free here, to receive all of this in your inbox every week.

PET would like to give Ayala and Kirsty a very warm welcome, and would like to wish James and Siobhan best of luck in their future careers.

Sarah Norcross, Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and Commissioning Editor of PET's flagship publication BioNews

Elsewhere this week, PET Director Sarah Norcross attended an event at the University of Oxford which featured Anne Wojcicki (Chief Executive of 23andMe) in conversation with Professor Peter Donnelly (Director of the Wellcome Trust's Centre for Human Genetics). Sarah also attended the public launch of the fertility clinic Boston Place.

Sandy Starr, Communications Officer at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and Webmaster of PET's flagship publication BioNews

Meanwhile, PET Communications Officer Sandy Starr has been busy in Paris. He gave a presentation at the annual conference of the world's largest autism research project, 'European Autism Interventions: A Multicentre Study for Developing New Medications', discussing the work of the project's Ethics Advisory Board.

Sandy was also interviewed for a new video about the project, which will be launched in the near future.

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