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Sandy Starr

Deputy Director

Sandy Starr is Deputy Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET). Together with PET's Director Sarah Norcross he produces the charity's public events, and he works on the charity's flagship publication BioNews. He is also an author and public speaker who has addressed MPs in the UK Parliament on the subject of human embryo research, debated the morality of genetics on The Moral Maze on BBC Radio 4, been interviewed about mitochondrial donation on the BBC World Service programme Newshour and in the book Legalising Mitochondrial Donation, and appeared as a guest on the Sunrise Paper Review on Sky News. He has written about genome editing in the British Medical Bulletin, in the European Journal and in Microbiology Today, and has written about the role of genetics in education in Teachwire.

Sandy is a producer of the annual Battle of Ideas festival, lectures at the annual Living Freedom residential school, and judges debates at the Debating Matters sixth-form debating competition. He was previously a member of the Ethics Advisory Board of the world's largest autism research project, and appeared in and narrated project-related videos and contributed to related journal articles. He has served on the Editorial Board of the charity Autistica, he was a member of the founding editorial team of the pioneering current affairs publication spiked, and he spent several years as a film critic for The Sun newspaper's TV Mag supplement.