Is he really guilty if he had a genetic predisposition towards impulsive behaviour?
Biology is out of our control but can influence our behaviour. But should people be given shorter sentences because of their genes?
Future people would be grateful if their disease is cured, rather than being replaced by a different healthier or non-disabled person.
Experts from around the world are in the US to discuss the scientific, ethical and governance issues linked to human gene editing. Here are five reasons they shouldn't ban research in the field.
The real question is not whether gene editing should be allowed or banned, but how it should be regulated.
The debate about regulating gene editing technology is often couched in polar terms, but understanding degrees of regulation that might be a better approach.
A new treatment for achondroplasia is helping to transform many kids’ lives.
A collaboration between research and industry has produced a promising new drug that could transform many childrens' lives. It's also a case study in innovation done right.
‘Franken Mozzie’ goes under the spotlight.
The ethics of genetically modified mosquitoes and the gene-drive technology that seeks to spread them.
New genetic technology could change the DNA of entire species to prevent them from spreading diseases.
Effects may vary.
Why does the same medication, at the same dose, work well for some people, but not for others? The answer is in our genes.
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Cats share some important genes associated with herbivores – this might explain their particular eating habits.
Microbes can act as canaries in the coalmine for ocean pollutants such as sewage.
There are more bacteria in the ocean than stars in the known universe. New genetic techniques are letting us use microbes as early warning systems for oceans in trouble from pollution and other stresses.
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A new study has looked at the 'father effect' in epigenetics.
Who’s a clever boy?
The study of human intelligence dates back well over 100 years. And the core disagreement between researchers and theorists is whether differences are genetic or largely influenced by the environment.
People who believe their problems have biogenetic causes tend to opt for biomedical treatments.
Biological and genetic explanations of mental illness can weaken people’s sense of control and optimism, and create a bias against effective psychological interventions.
The 1000 Genome Project is comparing the genomes of thousands of people from around the world.
The 1000 Genome Project has revealed the genetic variations that exist among people around the world, and discovered that some people are missing many genes.
A baobab in Tete Province, Mozambique.
Why are African baobab trees found in India? Genetic research is starting to shed light on the answer.
Tick tock, tick tock… You can’t hide from the molecular clock.
The molecular clock is helping us deepen our knowledge of evolution and completing the tree of life. But how does it actually work?
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness.
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Scientists have discovered that the high pressure in the eye that occurs with most common forms of glaucoma can trigger two genes that work together to cause vision loss, which may help pave the way for new glaucoma drugs.
If genetics are not considered when translocating lions, their evolutionary line could be affected.
Genetics need to be considered when relocating lion populations because they a play a role in the animals' evolutionary line.
History shows how scientists and the public tried to understand hereditary cancer risk well before we had the technology to discover mutations and test for genetic disorders.
The California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides, has distinctive blue ‘eye’ spots on either side of its head.
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A peek inside the genome of the octopus gives some hints as to what makes it such a remarkable creature is so many ways.
Scientists have discovered that a single gene may reveal a weakness in the development of schizophrenia that could help doctors prevent the condition.