Massive online DNA databases can be used as a resource to discover viruses -- even if the data had not been explicitly collected for that purpose.
A world first study shows CRISPR can remove a target gene from early stage human embryos. But with the advance in science come weighty ethical dilemmas.
Researchers who hold the world record for storing and retrieving data in DNA explain how the building blocks of life can be used to hold digital information as well.
Two US researchers have traced the majority of cancers to DNA replication errors during our natural cell replacement. Their finding asks for a renewed inquiry into the role of "chance" in cancer.
William Isdale speaks with University of Queensland Professor Peter Koopman about CRISPR technology.
New genetic technologies are letting us look at flu evolution right where it starts: within individual people, while they're sick.
The daunting complexity of biological data requires tailored visualisation tools to reveal buried insights.
By 2167, DNA barcoding scans will lead to weather-style "biodiversity forecasts," enabling us to more easily protect and care for the environment.
What's on your cash? Studies show our money carries everything from pet DNA and old food to E.coli and traces of cocaine.
Converting a DNA sequence into an audio could help us learn something useful about it, like where mutations occur.
Scientists have shown the origins of today's popular 'tabby' cat.
Professor Samir Brahmachari's innovative Open Source Drug Development allows thousands of researchers to work together to discover novel therapies for under-studied diseases.
According to a new study, the environment, especially traffic-air pollutants, can impact our genes and increase allergy risks prior to birth.
A new research paper reports dangerous side effects in CRISPR-edited mice. Some scientists are pushing back, placing blame for the unwanted mutations on the experiment, not the technique.
Tumour evolution was first identified 40 years ago. We're finally making good progress with it.
Researchers are starting to harness the potential of this much-hyped gene editing technique – with coming applications in medicine, biology and agriculture.
For decades, the justice system has decided to live with ropey testimonies. Could that be about to change?
Elephants naturally avoid cancer after 55 million years of evolution. Scientists are studying if they can extract lessons that could help people.
Epigenetics is consistent with the theory of evolution – in fact, Darwin predicted that tiny parcels might somehow provide a flow of information from experience to inheritance.
Genetic analysis is getting cheaper and can provide real-time surveillance of drug resistance.