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Biotechnology & Society essay contest winners announced

Congratulations to Rebecca Sinnott, MSc Global Health and Social Justice, and Malaika Okundi, BSc Global Health and Social Medicine, who won first and second prize respectively.

BIOS essay winners 2022 - Rebecca Sinnott and Malaika Okundi

The essay competition was open to all King’s students enrolled on undergraduate or taught postgraduate programmes, as well as recent graduates, on the theme:

"We are not human all the way down. So what?"

Rebecca Sinnott, MSc Global Health and Social Justice, won first prize for her essay 'The Oracle'.

Rebecca's essay is a highly original and creative take on fem-tech. It is a timely and thought-provoking piece that shines an unsettling light on the relationship between bodies, data and contemporary reproductive politics."– Biotechnology & Society essay contest selection committee

Malaika Okundi, a final-year student in BSc Global Health and Social Medicine, won second prize for her essay titled 'Are probiotics the catalyst for a medical shift from Individualism towards Interspecies approaches?'.

Malaika submitted a beautifully written essay that traces historical uses of probiotics throughout modern medicine to make an interspecies argument about the human body. It makes the excellent point that we’re not human all the way down, and we never have been.– Biotechnology & Society essay contest selection committee

The essay competition was held by the Biotechnology & Society research group (BIOS). Winners were chosen by a selection committee which included:

  • Dr Sara Bea, Chair of the Biotechnology & Society research cluster
  • Dr Silvia Camporesi, Reader in Bioethics & Health Humanities
  • Jessica Thatchell, PhD candidate in Global Health & Social Medicine

Read more about the Biotechnology & Society essay contest in the call for submissions

Read the winning essays

Read Rebecca Sinnott's essay, 'The Oracle' and Malaika Okundi's essay 'Are probiotics the catalyst for a medical shift from Individualism towards Interspecies approaches?'.

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Silvia Camporesi

Silvia Camporesi

Reader in Bioethics

Sara Bea

Sara Bea

Research Associate

Jessica Tatchell

Jessica Tatchell

Research Student