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Friday 14th December 2018

Does dark matter really cause skin cancer? Have a guess.

A far-out theory proposed earlier this year falls apart under closer examination, says a new study.

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Years before CRISPR babies, this man was the first to edit human embryos

In 2015, an unknown Chinese scientist edited the DNA of human embryos. It was a step on an inexorable path to designer babies.

Thursday 29th November 2018

Despite CRISPR baby controversy, Harvard University will begin gene-editing sperm

Even as a furious debate broke out in China over gene-edited babies, some scientists in the US are also hoping to improve tomorrow’s children.

Monday 26th November 2018

Rogue Chinese CRISPR scientist cited US report as his green light

An expert finding from the National Academies of Sciences was He Jiankui’s excuse to edit the DNA of two babies.

The Chinese scientist who claims he made CRISPR babies is under investigation

He Jiankui says he created twin girls whose genes were edited to make them resistant to HIV. Was that ethical? Or even legal?

CRISPR inventor Feng Zhang calls for moratorium on gene-edited babies

A leading scientist wants Chinese researchers to halt a project to create genetically modified children.

Sunday 25th November 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies

A daring effort is under way to create the first children whose DNA has been tailored using gene editing.

Tuesday 13th November 2018

United Nations considers a test ban on evolution-warping gene drives

Debate over a new idea for stopping malaria is pitting some environmental groups against Bill Gates.

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Genes I wish they would find

Enough with the useless genes. Here are some that would actually come in handy.

Two sick children and a $1.5 million bill: One family’s race for a gene therapy cure

One day, gene therapy may help with the rarest of diseases. Some parents aren’t waiting.

Sociogenomics is opening a new door to eugenics

New ways of using your genetic data could bolster scientific racism and encourage discrimination.

Your genome, on demand

How your detailed genetic profile can predict your risk of diseases and improve your health.

AI can’t replace doctors. But it can make them better.

A machine can collate environmental data, genetic data, and patient history way better than I can.

The skeptic: What precision medicine revolution?

The benefits of genomic drugs are exaggerated, hurting patients and the practice of medicine, says one high-profile oncologist.

Profiles in precision medicine

Advances in DNA testing and gene editing have given people choices that would have been impossible a few decades ago. Here, in their own words, are the stories of four people confronted with these dilemmas.

Look how far precision medicine has come

Skeptics say drugs based on genetic insights have underdelivered. But look carefully and they’re everywhere.

Need medical help? Sorry, not until you sign away your privacy

When you’re sick, you’re vulnerable—and that’s when your doctor pressures you into participating in a data-gathering experiment.

Six things to do with your data before you die

How to make sure your loved ones can get into all your accounts. Or, alternatively—how to cover your tracks.

Finally, the drug that keeps you young

Anti-aging pioneer Judith Campisi explains how a recent breakthrough could ward off age-related disease.

Editor’s letter: The precision medicine issue

Precision medicine has led to incredibly effective treatments for cancer and inherited disease. But not everyone gets treated.

Monday 22nd October 2018

Designer babies aren’t futuristic. They’re already here.

Are we designing inequality into our genes?

Are we designing inequality into our genes?

Designer babies aren’t futuristic. They’re already here.

Friday 19th October 2018

Want to know when you’re going to die?

Your life span is written in your DNA, and we’re learning to read the code.

Thursday 18th October 2018

White-people-only DNA tests show how unequal science has become

Companies are selling disease-risk tests that only work in people of European ancestry. They hope to fix that soon.

Genes linked to being gay may help straight people get more sex

The largest-ever study of genetics and sexual orientation offers a theory about the longevity of genes that influence homosexuality.

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