FDA asked to approve "three-parent" IVF

FDA asked to approve “three-parent” IVF

We don't know enough about embryonic development to know that IVF with mitochondrial DNA donors is a good idea ...
Are genetically-enhanced Olympians coming, or already here?

Are genetically-enhanced Olympians coming, or already here?

Athletes may someday use today's gene therapy techniques to illicitly blow past the competition through gene doping. In fact, maybe ...
Hey biotech pioneers, life is more than a DNA sequence

Hey biotech pioneers, life is more than a DNA sequence

Biotech pioneers like Craig Venter might not understand the differences between digital computer code and genomics and the dangers that ...

Company to offer workouts tailored to your genetics

Over the years, I’ve taken a quasi-scientific approach to fitness, trying a variety of exercise and nutrition regimens and analyzing ...

Science inches toward science-fiction-style genetic augmentation

In 1953, molecular biologists James Watson and Francis Crick released what would be one of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries ...

Gene for a thick cerebral cortex linked to high intelligence

A gene which may make people more intelligent has been discovered by scientists. Researchers have found that teenagers who had ...

Self-directed evolution: Conversation with Craig Venter

J. Craig Venter is best known for sequencing the human genome. He recently spoke with The WorldPost: WORLDPOST: With what ...
Rewriting the genome with surgical precision

Rewriting the genome with surgical precision

New, precise methods for genome engineering, like CRISPR and TALENs are poised to change the face of genetic disease ...
Latest on rewriting genomes, humans' included

Latest on rewriting genomes, humans’ included

A genetic modification system, CRISPR/Cas, has shown breakthrough success in primates and is poised to make the futurists' dreams of ...

Uzbekistan’s plan to genetically groom Olympic athletes won’t work

In a few years, we'll look back at the Sochi Olympics as the last one where being chosen as an ...
New York Times recycles old news on ethics of genetic screening

New York Times recycles old news on ethics of genetic screening

The NYT carried a front-page story about genetic screening techniques that have been around for two decades, raising familiar ethical ...

Learning to fix a body’s broken genes

It sounds like science fiction, and for years it seemed as though it was just that: fiction. But the idea ...

Searching for invulnerability to cancer

In June 2013, I described how sequencing the highly abnormal genomes of cancer cells can identify some of the mutations ...

Spell-checking the genome to remove burden of bad genetic mutations

Eliminating mutational load might offer a shortcut to the Singularity. A person’s mutational load is the total burden of his ...

This may be the kickoff year for genetically-altered humans

By the middle of 2014, the possibility of altering DNA to produce a genetically-modified human could move from science fiction ...

Building a better baby

In 2014, BGI, a Chinese company, is hoping that it will soon be able to offer parents a similar option—choosing ...
First hint that lifestyle changes may reverse cellular aging

First hint that lifestyle changes may reverse cellular aging

A study with a tiny sample size shows that exercise, diet, and meditation can actually increase telomere length in prostate ...
Inheriting an intellectual edge

Inheriting an intellectual edge

Shouldn’t you be able to study hard and get smart? Yes and no. IQ is about 50 percent heritable -- ...
Genetic manipulation extends mouse lifespan by 20%

Genetic manipulation extends mouse lifespan by 20%

Suppressing specific gene expression improved mouse longevity, but we're a long way from using the technique to control human aging ...
Literal gene-ius: The search for a genetic basis of intelligence

Literal gene-ius: The search for a genetic basis of intelligence

Barely out of his teens, Chinese prodigy Zhao Bowen is leading a multimillion-dollar research effort to solve a genetic mystery: ...
Curing the disease known as aging

Curing the disease known as aging

Is aging a process that we simply have to accept as a fact of life or is it something we ...
Should we control sex to protect humanity's future?

Should we control sex to protect humanity’s future?

The more we know about the nature of reproduction, the more we can control it -- and our own future ...
DNA screening is part of the new eugenics—and that’s okay

DNA screening is part of the new eugenics—and that’s okay

Modern genetic screening is not driven by a draconian desire to “improve” the species. This "new eugenics" is driven by ...
Far-fetched ethical questions that are about to get real

Far-fetched ethical questions that are about to get real

Science fiction's favorite moral quandaries are suddenly pressing concerns ...
No, this is not how the human face might look in 100,000 years

No, this is not how the human face might look in 100,000 years

One artist’s vision of what humanity will look like in 100,000 years includes huge eyes and foreheads. Apparently, we’re all ...
Centenarian genetics: The search for longevity-enhancing biotech

Centenarian genetics: The search for longevity-enhancing biotech

People who live past age 100 develop diseases at much later ages than the rest of us. Scientists are working ...
The genetic fountain of youth?

The genetic fountain of youth?

Nir Barzilai at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has spent more than twenty years trying to pinpoint the genes ...

What does it mean to be posthuman?

The following is an excerpt of a longer story. How would you like to be a posthuman? You know, a ...