• WHO issues new ethics recommendations for human genome editing

    Two new reports on recommended guidelines follow a global consultation.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released two new companion reports that provide the first global recommendati...

    Ethics July 13, 2021
  • Brain buster

    Genes help explain differences between Neanderthal and human brains.

    Researchers have identified a mutated gene that appears to be responsible for a large disparity between Neanderthal a...

    Anthropology February 12, 2021
  • Some (coral) like it hot

    New CRISPR technique isolates heat tolerance gene.

    Warming oceans are bad news for coral, but an improved CRISPR-Cas9 technique has revealed a “heat shield” gene that c...

    Marine life November 11, 2020
  • CRISPR scientists take away a Nobel

    Chemistry prize won for revolutionary genetic scissors.

    The scientists who gave us the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and US bioc...

    News October 8, 2020
  • Conversation

    Shedding new light on how males develop

    Researchers find a missing gene fragment

    By Peter Koopman, University of QueenslandIt’s one of the most important genes in biology: “Sry”, the gene that m...

    Biology October 3, 2020
  • Using DNA as a memory tape

    Scientists turn living cells into computers and recording devices.

    US scientists have developed a new technology they say can turn living cells into computers and recording devices, wi...

    Biology August 22, 2019
  • A CRISPR ‘revolution’

    Swiss team says its process can modify 25 sites at once.

    CRISPR-Cas is pretty popular with those wanting a relatively quick and easy way to delete, replace or modify single g...

    Biology August 15, 2019
  • Organoids: a minefield on a chip?

    Papers outline the issues around of one of medicine’s frontiers.

    In a special edition of the journal Science, leading researchers have catalogued stunning breakthroughs in the develo...

    Medicine June 6, 2019
  • HIV-protective mutation may boost influenza risk

    Gene targeted in the ‘CRISPR baby’ scandal might prove fatal.

    The controversial birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies continues to make news and inspire follow-up work.I...

    Medicine June 3, 2019
  • CRISPR hope for vax-resistant treatment

    Gene-spliced antibodies show promise in mouse trials.

    Scientists have used the gene-splicing technology CRISPR to make virus-busting antibodies for a range of diseases tha...

    Medicine May 19, 2019
  • Single gene controls snail shell coiling

    Discovering basis of left and right-handedness.

    The coil direction of the shell of the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis is determined by a single gene at the embry...

    Biology May 14, 2019
  • Conversation

    Genetically modified babies won't be common

    There’s a lot more to think about than just technology.

    Despite reports that two genetically modified babies have been born in China I don’t think you’ll be seeing designer ...

    Biology January 23, 2019
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