Juliet Tizzard

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Juliet Tizzard in 2010

Juliet Tizzard is head of policy and communications at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA),[1] a non-departmental Government body which, amongst other things, licenses and monitors all human embryo research being conducted in the UK. She is associated with the libertarian and anti-environmentalist LM network. She was a columnist for Living Marxism and has written for Spiked [2] and the Institute of Ideas [3] and contributed to a publication of the Pro-Choice Forum.[4]

Background

Prior to joining HFEA Tizzard was director of the Progress Educational Trust where she started as the Administrator in April 1998. The Trust was established to promote the benefits of reproductive and genetic science and 'believes that reproductive and genetic technologies have much to offer'.[5]

At the Progress Educational Trust, Tizzard was also editor-in-chief of BioNews - its free weekly digest of news, sponsored by AstraZeneca and covering IVF, cloning, embryo research, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, gene therapy and prenatal genetic diagnosis.

According to her LinkedIn page (November 2012), her background is as follows:[6]

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Prior to joining the Progress Educational Trust, Tizzard appeared in the Channel 4 TV series Against Nature, which represented environmentalists as Nazis responsible for death and deprivation in the Third World, and argued that germline gene therapy and human cloning will liberate humanity from nature.

Subsequent investigations revealed that certain programme makers and several key contributors to the series, including Tizzard, had been closely involved with a magazine called LM.

Tizzard is part of the LM network which argued in 1994 'for interfering with nature at every opportunity in order to improve the human condition' via infertility treatment and genetic engineering.[7] LM's science editor John Gillott worked for the Genetic Interest Group which worked closely with PROGRESS. Both Gillott and Tizzard have been on the staff of the online clinical genetics resource Genepool.

As well as contributing articles to LM, Tizzard has also contributed to the LM network's later fronts: Spiked, and the Institute of Ideas (I of I). She also wrote a chapter for the I of I publication, Designer Babies: Where Should We Draw The Line?[8]

Views

According to Tizzard, 'the continued attacks on genetics in agriculture and - more worryingly - the promotion of negative attitudes even towards research may start to have their impact on applications of genetics in human medicine.'[9]

Tizzard appears to regard 'spin' as a valid way of overcoming public concerns, 'Three cheers for PPL Therapeutics! Not for their success in cloning pigs (although this is worth at least three cheers), but for their success with the media coverage of those five little piggies. Press coverage in the United Kingdom of the cloned pigs was almost universally positive... Perhaps PPL Therapeutics is just good at media spin. But maybe media spin isn't such a bad thing in science... those who raise concerns about science - whether environmental groups worried about GM crops, or church leaders worried about genetic testing - seem to have no lack of confidence about their own position. In fact, their approach to media relations often reeks of astounding arrogance. So, perhaps instead of spin doctors, what we need is spin scientists!'[10]

Resources

LinkedIn Juliet Tizzard

Publications

  • Juliet Tizzard "My Sister's Keeper", Spiked website. Friday 17 July 2009.
  • Juliet Tizzard, in Ellie Lee (Ed.)Designer Babies: Where Should We Draw The Line?, Institute of Ideas/Hodder Arnold, 2002.# ISBN-10: 0340848359
  1. ISBN-13: 978-0340848357

Notes

  1. LinkedIn Juliet Tizzard, acc 30 Nov 2012
  2. "My Sister's Keeper", Spiked website, accessed 2 May 2010
  3. "IVF Provision, Risk and Morality", Spiked website, accessed 2 May 2010
  4. "Designer Babies", Pro-Choice Forum website, accessed 2 MJan 2011
  5. Progress Educational Trust About Progress Educational Trust Retrieved from the Internet Archive of 12 April 2001 on 1 November 2010
  6. LinkedIn Juliet Tizzard, acc 30 Nov 2012
  7. 'Nature's not good enough', Living Marxism, Issue 66, April 1994
  8. Institute of Ideas/Hodder and Stoughton, 2002
  9. Juliet Tizzard Blair's 'U-turn' on GM food could be bad news for human genetics BioNews, Week 21/2/2000 - 27/2/2000
  10. Juliet Tizzard Why shouldn't scientists indulge in media spin? BioNews, Week 13/3/2000 - 19/3/2000