UCL in the media
Improvements in IVF success rates, aided by advances in the treatment, are linked to a recent surge in its popularity. Commenting on the trend, Dr Zeynep Gurtin (UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health) says advertising campaigns by private clinics are also playing a role.
Commenting on criticism of the UK government’s response to coronavirus when compared to Germany’s, Emeritus Professor Frank Coffield (UCL Institute of Education) says the two countries share the same neoliberal policies and should try to learn from each other.
Dr Ben Noble (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) adds to a discussion on the new constitutional amendment allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to run again for presidential office, which explores how this may let Putin retain his ‘super-presidency’.
Dr Michael Veale (UCL Laws) explains the ‘decentralised’ approach of the Apple-Google contact-tracing system, the problems with the NHSX app, and why the infrastructural power given to big tech companies by contact-tracing tools should give us sleepless nights.
Dr Ben Noble (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) explores Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rise to power since 1999, examining five notable events during political career in light of the recent legislation enabling him to run for re-election to the presidency.
Tiny diamond crystals could be used as an incredibly sensitive and small gravitational detector capable of measuring gravitational waves, suggests new UCL-led research involving co-author Professor Sougato Bose and Ryan Marshman (both UCL Physics & Astronomy and UCLQ).
After a study found an immune response against Covid-19 in people with no experience of the disease, Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Biosciences) says that T-cell immunity, gained through prior coronavirus infections, such as colds, could provide an explanation.
Boris Johnson has likened his post-Covid stimulus deal to Franklin D Roosevelt’s plan to lift the American economy from the Great Depression. Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) says it will require long-term commitment and detailed policy to be successful.
Professor Gudrun Moore (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) praises a bioengineering study where rabbits with damaged uteruses were successfully treated with tissue from their own cells, saying the experiment "offers real hope for the 6% of women with uterine infertility”.
In a discussion of the legacies of the Covid-19 pandemic, Professor Geoff Mulgan (UCL STEaPP) asserts his belief that an overhaul of the UK Government’s involvement in social care will happen, with more efforts being made to help the elderly.