Artist impression of neurons communicating in the brain.
A new technology has enabled neuroscientists to examine the chemistry of individual brain cells. The finding reveal how genes are regulated differently in brain cells of people with autism compared to neurotypical people.
Ancestry ad depicts a white man in 19th-century clothing standing in front of a Black woman holding a ring telling her they can leave and be together in Canada.
Canadian audiences did not object to Ancestry's ad which romanticized Canada as “Promised land,” but they should have.
A map of DNA with the double helix colored blue, the landmarks in green, and the start points for copying the molecule in red.
David Gilbert/Kyle Klein
You are probably familiar with graphics depicting the double helix structure of DNA. But have you ever seen a single DNA molecule standing straight?
Humans aren't the only animals to learn survival tricks from each other.
We’ve underestimated the extent of mixing between ancestral groups throughout human history.
Estimating our ancestry is hard – because our backgrounds are much more mixed up than we thought. So don't take your DNA ancestry test results literally: they're just a prediction.
What’s the best way to put the brakes on current research?
Scientists and ethicists have called for a five-year moratorium on editing human genes that will pass on to future generations. Yes, society needs to figure out how to proceed – but is this the best way?
Cows at the University of California, Davis beef research facility. Photo credit:
Alison Van Eenennaam/ University of California, Davis
According to current regulations, animals that have been genetically edited, like pigs or cows, are considered drugs. What are the consequences of such rules on American livestock and agriculture?
Let’s worry about the future of Brexit, not its prehistory.
When you share your genetic data – even with the NHS – you don't know where it will end up, or how it will be used.
Revolutionary technologies like CRISPR are founded on discoveries uncovered through basic research that attracts very little attention.
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On average, important new lab techniques like CRISPR take 23 years to develop – but there is a public expectation that scientific breakthroughs occur quickly and efficiently.
The NHS's plan to offer genome sequencing to the general public, for a fee, raises many important questions.
Genes aren't destiny, but you don't need epigenetics to make the case.
A portable DNA sequencer in action.
Researchers have increasingly turned to DNA sequencing to help identify and track diseases like Ebola.
Scientists edge closer to truly personalised medicine thanks to advances in genome sequencing.
The issues surrounding the use of genetic data are complex.
image created by James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis
Police have powerful new genetic tools. How are we going to regulate their use? A Genetic Data Protection Act is one solution to ensure confidence in the way DNA is accessed and used.
One way to tackle this violent crime is through DNA profiling.
Self-examination DNA collection techniques can help women bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice.
We previously thought mitochondrial DNA could only be passed on by mothers.
‘Amphy’ has features of both simple and more complex forms of life – and so can help us understand important steps in evolution.
The marine creature amphioxus allows scientists to explore some of the steps that took place as simple creatures evolved to become complex animals.
Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral.
The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred's DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
The chances of your genetic data being recorded by the state depend on who you are.