James welcomes back Professor the Lord Robert Winston to The Late Late Show to conduct science experiments using fire, liquid nitrogen, ice cream ingredients, graham crackers and a 55-gallon drum.
For all those of you who missed Professor Robert Winston on The Late Late Night Show with James Corden last night (or this morning if you were in the UK), despair not. We have the video! Enjoy Professor Winston talking about his most recent book My Amazing Body Machine: A colourful visual guide to how your body works and doing some pretty amazing experiments… Watch the video until the end for something rather spectacular.
We are all very aware of how underfunded the NHS is. Recently, to help reduce costs, the availability of IVF treatment on the NHS has been restricted or halted in 13 areas in England creating something akin to a postcode lottery.
This move has sparked a debate about IVF, associated costs, its necessity and possible long term environmental impact.
One of the voices in this debate belongs to Sirena Bergman who wrote an article for The Independent in which she argued against IVF being offered on the NHS. Last night, she joined Professor Robert Winston and Evan Davies on Newsnight to discuss IVF, the cuts and the surrounding issues.
When Sirena suggested that adoption could potentially be a solution to IVF, to which Professor Winston replied “people who are infertile suffer hugely” and “adoption is not a treatment for fertility” for “infertility is a symptom of a disease and there are at least a hundred causes of infertility”. He also draws her attention to how different NHS Trusts cost the treatment. For some it is as little as £1000, whilst in others the costs reached £6000.
When asked by Davies whether, if he had to cut IVF services, he would cut the age threshold or the number of cycles, he responded: “I would do IVF when it is really needed. At least half of the cycles are unnecessary, that’s one of the issues. Secondly, I want to cost it properly. The work we are doing now, the research we are doing can reduce that cost and I think that’s urgently needed.”
You can still catch the debate on BBC iplayer. The topic starts at 9:00 and the debate at around 13:41
We know it may have been on at 4am in the UK, but did anyone catch Genesis Research Trust Chairman Professor Robert Winston on The Late Late Show with James Corden? The pair did some pretty interesting experiments which make for an entertaining watch!
Following the Government’s decision to grant a licence for mitochondrial transfer to be used in the hope of preventing mitochondrial disease, Robert spoke with Zeinab Badawi on BBC World’s HARDtalk.
“We are not here to supplant the work of God,” he told HARDtalk.
Lord Winston, a professor of science and society at Imperial College London and an IVF pioneer said: “We are, of course, capable of imitating God. That’s a good thing to do. We use our God-given intelligence to try to avert horrible diseases – that is very different from saying ‘the human is now rather below what we need, we want superhuman,'” he said
“Enhancing humans in my view and in most scientists’ views is not a wise decision,” he added.
For thirteen years, the BBC has been following the lives of 25 children who were born at the turn of the millennium. In the latest two episodes of this long-running series, Robert Winston discovers how the children’s lives are changing as they enter their teenage years, and how their parents are coping with them growing up.
This hour-long documentary, narrated by Robert Webb, examined how science on TV has evolved over the last 60 years, from science to science fiction. Influential individuals in science and broadcast media, including Robert Winston, contributed their thoughts to the programme, commenting on how science on TV has reflected, or led, to our collective image of science and the scientist.
In this 7 part series celebrity chef Jamie Oliver brought together some of the UK’s most inspirational individuals to see if they could inspire 20 young people to give education a second chance. Robert Winston featured in 3 episodes, where he brought a unique twist to teaching science in the classroom.
Robert Winston presented his top ten scientific breakthroughs from the last 50 years. On his journey, he explored subjects from the origins of the universe to probing the inner workings of the human mind, and even met some of his early IVF patients.
In this 5 part series, some of the UK’s leading scientific figures explored the stories, and introduced the people, behind the British innovations that contributed to the creation of the modern world from the steam engine to the worldwide web. Robert Winston contributed to two episodes.