He Jiankui claims he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies: twin girls whose DNA he said he altered.
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News of the gene-edited babies excludes images of the children’s mother. Cutting her out of the picture underscores the idea that the mother is obsolete and babies can be created in the lab.
Two-footed walking, large human brains and using stone tools are all examples of evolution.
Understanding our evolution can tell us a lot about the health challenges we face today.
A Wire Fox Terrier named King is trotted out before being named Best in Show on the second night of the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
A global research effort is targeting inherited disorders in dogs.
Genes not only influence how sweet you think something is, but also how much sugary food you eat.
People with a sweet tooth can (partly) blame their genes for their sugar habit. New research shows how the brain also gets involved.
Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer.
Scientists are in a race to genetically engineer a new plant resistant to a devastating disease that is threatening to wipe out the banana.
Reversing lactose intolerance might make it possible for adults to enjoy a milkshake again.
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You may think that your milk-drinking, ice cream-licking days are behind you as you battle the discomfort of lactose intolerance. But there maybe be a way to reverse the situation.
With the right skills and infrastructure, Africa can boost its genomics research efforts.
Genomics research is crucial to identify Africa-specific solutions to a range of diseases.
Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States.
Before you attribute a trait to a famous ancestor like George Washington or Marie Antoinette, you might want to see how much DNA you actually share with these people. It’s not what you thought.
Teeth covered in pits were common in the 2m-year-old species Paranthropus robustus.
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?
The concept of a shared inheritable risk underlying mental illnesses could lead to a new paradigm shift in drug discovery,
Mental health is impacted by both genetic and environmental factors. But new research reveals that many mental health disorders may flow from early disturbances in fetal development.
Gene editing a fertilized human embryo.
Scientists worldwide are calling for a moratorium on gene editing in germline cells. But what is a germline cell? How does it differ from other cells in our body? Why does it matter if we edit them?
Nearly 20 years ago, Bill Clinton said that sequencing the human genome would give us a “new power to heal”.
New technology means accessing new information from ancient human remains, some which have been in collections for decades.
Ancient DNA allows scientists to learn directly from the remains of people from the past. As this new field takes off, researchers are figuring out how to ethically work with ancient samples and each other.
Of more than 500 species of sharks in the world’s oceans, scientists have only sequenced a handful of genomes – most recently, white sharks.
Why do scientists spend so much time and money mapping the DNA of species like white sharks? Single studies may offer insights, but the real payoff comes in comparing many species to each other.
16p11.2 deletion or duplication syndrome occurs in three out of every 10,000 people.
Genetically engineered mice are invaluable for learning about human disease.
When geneticists create mice with special traits, there is no way to be sure that they will be inherited by the offspring. But a new genetic tool called a gene drive may fix the problem.
Evidence shows that the growth of air pollutants – as well as rising temperatures, increased rain and flooding – connect breast cancer with climate change.
Most cases of breast cancer are related to environmental causes. When we talk about climate change, we must not forget this part of the story.
Scientists edge closer to truly personalised medicine thanks to advances in genome sequencing.
Erectile dysfunction can take the light out of men’s lives.
Discovering a genetic basis for erectile dysfunction that is linked to Type-2 diabetes will make it easier to identify those at risk – and novel treatments.