In Kenya, GMO ban casts shadow over biotech research and education

University lecturers have said the ban on genetically modified materials has caused many students to opt out of biotechnology courses ...
Restoring eyesight, human embryonic stem cell trial marks major milestone

Restoring eyesight, human embryonic stem cell trial marks major milestone

Wills Eye Institute ophthalmologist Carl Regillo delicately placed 100,000 cells beneath the retina of 52-year-old Maurie Hill’s left eye. She ...

Penises grown from stem cells may soon be used for transplants

Penises grown in laboratories could soon be tested on men by scientists developing technology to help people with congenital abnormalities, ...
Woman with uterus transplant successfully gives birth to baby boy

Woman with uterus transplant successfully gives birth to baby boy

In what's being hailed as a huge step in fertility and reproduction science, doctors in Sweden say a woman has ...

Critics of ‘three-person’ IVF: Media oversimplifies role of mitochondrial genome

If you’ve read anything at all promoting 3-person IVF, you’ve no doubt seen the analogy that the cellular organelles called mitochondria ...

IBM’s Watson assesses genetic risk for sudden cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrests kill someone every five seconds. Now the fact-finding power of Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-winning supercomputer, is being harnessed to help ...
What's life like for the transgendered after sexual reassignment surgery?

What’s life like for the transgendered after sexual reassignment surgery?

People who identify with a gender other than the one they were born with often suffer from societal pressures and ...
Is the search for "IQ genes" a fool's errand?

Is the search for “IQ genes” a fool’s errand?

Science writer David Dobbs has definitively described the voracious appetite of the "selfish gene" meme, pointing out that the notion of individual ...
Who makes better space travelers--introverts or extroverts?

Who makes better space travelers–introverts or extroverts?

Is the long-run future of civilization to select-for those who are introverts? Is intro/extroversion genetically mediated? How might extended space ...

What does increasing life expectancy mean for future society?

If current trends persist, we can expect that Americans born in the year 2084 will live to be 100. That's up ...
More evidence IQ is in the genes

More evidence IQ is in the genes

It was named the language gene before we really understood what it did. Now mice given the human version of ...
As 60 becomes new definition of middle-aged, how is human society changing?

As 60 becomes new definition of middle-aged, how is human society changing?

For millennia, if not for eons—anthropology continuously pushes backward the time of human origin—life expectancy was short. The few people ...
Live to be 100+? Extreme longevity research is futuristic privatized enterprise

Live to be 100+? Extreme longevity research is futuristic privatized enterprise

When longevity research is privately funded, what happens when the money runs dry? ...
Human enhancement upsets extremists on left and right

Human enhancement upsets extremists on left and right

The prospects of a fast-approaching Age of Enhancement evokes caution in almost everyone, scientist or otherwise. It has been the ...

Engineered spleen fights sepsis

Researchers have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections — even those caused by unknown pathogens. A ...
Playing God: An unapolgetic transhumanist manifesto

Playing God: An unapolgetic transhumanist manifesto

If you've ever fantasised about uploading your mind to the internet, or gestating your genetically modified children in an artificial ...

Beyond evolution, transhumanists’ visions for the human race

Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in ...

Spanish longevity genes linked to cholesterol metabolism

Hold the butter! The genetic secrets of centenarians are starting to be unravelled – and they hint that low cholesterol ...

After transplant, nasal cartilage acts like a knee, even down to the genes

If you need a new knee, look no further than the end of your nose. It turns out that nasal ...

Britain to scrutinize U.S. follow-up on individuals conceived through ‘three-parent’ IVF

A private fertility clinic in the United States has launched an investigation into the health of 17 teenagers who were ...

Dangers of exploiting science without understanding it

Recent years have seen a huge growth in the public awareness of neuroscience. People have become more interested in new findings ...
Can open-source strategy help synbio avoid controversial fate of GMOs?

Can open-source strategy help synbio avoid controversial fate of GMOs?

It’s not the use of recombinant technology, but rather capitalism and greed that has stigmatized genetic engineering in our culture ...

What happens to early childhood memories?

When I try to recall my life before my fifth birthday, I can summon only glimmers—these match strikes in the ...

Lizard’s genes for regeneration might help humans regrow tissue

Scientists have unlocked the genetic mystery that allows a lizard to regrow its tail, bringing closer the possibility of treatments ...

Does dyslexia come with some advantages?

Dyslexia is often called a “learning disability.” And it can indeed present learning challenges. Although its effects vary widely, children ...

New horizons and future directions for epigenetics

Ever since the age of Darwin — and especially since the discovery of DNA — scientists have thought of biological inheritance ...
Bold new directions for synthetic biology

Bold new directions for synthetic biology

Armed with powerful new genetic tools and a penchant for tinkering, synthetic biologists have built a new menagerie. Photographic “E. coliroid” ...

How much can we actually tell from a genome scan?

On August 6, researchers announced in The New England Journal of Medicine that they had found that mutations in a ...