Medical innovation is often accelerated in a time of crisis.
Global long-term data simply doesn't exist for jellyfish, so scientists struggle to predict, track and mitigate their potential effects.
COVID-19 tests rely on a process developed at a biotech company co-founded by a Canadian. Canada’s current testing expertise needs to be channelled to prepare for the next wave, and the next pandemic.
The results from the phase 1 trial are a promising first step in showing that the mRNA vaccine is a viable candidate, but there are unanswered questions and it is still early in the process.
A new biotech regulation allows companies to self-police and decide which crops should be regulated. The new rule is likely to amplify greater distrust of GM crops.
Biohackers and other 'connoisseurs of science' have important social and scientific contributions to make.
Golden Rice – a controversial genetically modified product designed to combat malnutrition – has been approved as safe in the Philippines. But key questions remain unanswered.
Xenobots have been called the world's first "living robots". They are made entirely of living tissue, and can be programmed to move towards a certain object.
Bigger penalties for pirating plants could help encourage growers to develop new varieties.
Synthetic biology lets us explore places where evolution has never gone, to help meet humanity's food needs in a future shaped by climate change.
Governments fail to imagine how worst-case scenarios can come about – much less plan for them. But there are things we can do.
He has inspired generations of Indonesians. Through his work, he changed many lives, including mine.
A growing international divide over cutting-edge medical research could worsen predatory practices, medical tourism and health inequality.
Most universities focus on teaching basic sciences with little reference to commercialisation of ideas and new technologies.
South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being "for" or "against" GM technology.
Surveys suggest fewer than half of Americans are looking forward to lab-grown meat. A moral psychologist examines common objections and why for the most part they're not logical.
A guide to the battle for the future of farming.
Despite many claims, nobody knows for sure how the environmental footprint of lab-grown meat compares to livestock. An animal scientist says the issue is not black and white.
Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
One way to make sensors small is to make them out of something that's incredibly small in the first place, such as DNA.