Game changer as mice pass down edited genes
Gene drive technology could be the key to eradicating animal-spread diseases. Now, scientists have successfully used it in mammals for the first time. But could it spell ecological disaster?
Moral storm as designer babies get green light
Is it ethical to genetically engineer humans? A top bioethics council has declared gene editing of human embryos “morally permissible”. Some fear the social consequences could be disastrous.
Scientists hail new era of ‘motherless babies’
For 200 years, our knowledge of reproduction has been clear: sperm + egg = baby. But scientists say they may have found a way to create babies with two biological dads. Should we celebrate?
Chimps are natural born killers study shows
Our closest animal cousins used to be thought peaceful and only rarely aggressive. But new research shows that they are naturally bloodthirsty. What does this reveal about human nature?
Valuable gene pool defended by Icelanders
Iceland’s small population and low immigration make it a paradise for geneticists hoping to find cures for diseases. But should Icelanders sacrifice their privacy for the good of humanity?
World’s oldest man dies at 116 years of age
Jiroemon Kimura’s life, which came to an end yesterday, spanned three centuries, four Japanese emperors, 61 prime ministers and two world wars. What was the secret to his long life?
Human clone breakthrough stirs hopes and fears
US scientists have discovered a method that will allow them to successfully clone human embryos. The research could save millions of lives, but what is the moral price?
Angelina reveals dramatic cancer dilemma
Film star Angelina Jolie opted for radical surgery to prevent breast cancer, which an inherited genetic defect makes more likely. Her frankness has been hailed by health campaigners.
Successful parents are lazy, says new book
'Grooming children for success is pointless', says economist Bryan Caplan. 'It's all in the genes.' So is good parenting just letting the children do what they want?
We are still cave men, claims top scientist
A top behavioural scientist has made waves in the diet business, saying that we should eat and live more like our genetic ancestors.