We're a long way from Blade Runner-like organic androids

We’re a long way from Blade Runner-like organic androids

[Editor's note: Fumiya Iida is a lecturer in mechatronics at the University of Cambridge.] The new Blade Runner sequel will return ...
Hive coup? Why queen bees are sometimes killed by workers

Hive coup? Why queen bees are sometimes killed by workers

[Editor's note: James Gilbert is a lecturer in zoology at the University of Hull.] A new study has shown that some bee workers ...
Lead author of controversial bee study: 'Don't give up on neonics' although they may have ‘subtle’, mitigable effects

Lead author of controversial bee study: ‘Don’t give up on neonics’ although they may have ‘subtle’, mitigable effects

[Editor's note: Ben Woodcock is an ecological entomologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in the UK. He is the ...
Can Netflix help us treat cancer?

Can Netflix help us treat cancer?

[Editor's note: Elana Fertig is a professor of Oncology Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Johns Hopkins University.] To create individualized cancer treatments, we must ...
Searching for Jesus' DNA: Scientists probe ancient relics

Searching for Jesus’ DNA: Scientists probe ancient relics

In 2010, Kasimir Popkonstantinov discovered what he believes are the bones of one of the most famous of all saints: ...
How humans got smart: Rush of blood to the head

How humans got smart: Rush of blood to the head

[Editor's note: Roger Seymour is professor emeritus of physiology at the University of Adelaide.] The blood flow to the cognitive part ...
Leukemia and corn: Treatment may arise from studying mutations in kernels

Leukemia and corn: Treatment may arise from studying mutations in kernels

[Editor's note: Kevin Folta is a molecular biologist and chair of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida.] Recent research ...
Trust the experts: Scientific scrutiny, government oversight show GMOs 'at least as safe' as traditional foods

Trust the experts: Scientific scrutiny, government oversight show GMOs ‘at least as safe’ as traditional foods

[Editor's note: David Tribe is a senior lecturer in food biotechnology and microbiology, agriculture and food systems, at the University ...
Why do so many people with hereditary cancer risks avoid genetic testing?

Why do so many people with hereditary cancer risks avoid genetic testing?

Once a person is found to have a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome, usually after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, all ...
Is it possible to know too much about your genes?

Is it possible to know too much about your genes?

Would you want to know if you were at a higher risk of getting dementia later in life? Would you ...
On/off switch? Chronic pain could be eased if we identify the right genes

On/off switch? Chronic pain could be eased if we identify the right genes

[Editor's note: Blair Smith is a professor of population science at the University of Dundee in Scotland.] Two of the ...
Can GMOs mitigate threats to global food security?

Can GMOs mitigate threats to global food security?

[Editor's note: Stuart Thompson is a senior lecturer in plant biochemistry at the University of Westminster in the UK.] Crops ...
Can personalized medicine help those with chronic diseases that have environmental triggers?

Can personalized medicine help those with chronic diseases that have environmental triggers?

[Editor's note: Sharon Horesh Bergquist is a physician, teacher, researcher in preventive medicine and healthy aging at Emory University] Personalized ...
What factors shape women's perceptions of GMOs?

What factors shape women’s perceptions of GMOs?

[Editor's note: Heather Bray is a senior research associate and Rachel Ankeny is a professor of history, both at the ...
Armyworms ravaging African staple crops: GM insect resistant crops offer a solution

Armyworms ravaging African staple crops: GM insect resistant crops offer a solution

[Editor's note: The following is an interview with Kenneth Wilson, professor at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.] A combination of ...
Hype versus hope: Deciphering news about stem cell breakthroughs

Hype versus hope: Deciphering news about stem cell breakthroughs

For many people suffering from disabling conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and paralysis, heart disease, and even cancer, ...
How hacking photosynthesis in tobacco can help scientists improve African staple crop cassava

How hacking photosynthesis in tobacco can help scientists improve African staple crop cassava

Editor's note: This story describes a publication in the journal New Phytologist. The authors of this story are three of ...
How GMO crops can help feed world's growing population in time of climate change

How GMO crops can help feed world’s growing population in time of climate change

Editor's Note: This article was written by Stuart Thompson, a senior lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Westminster ...
Hidden code regulates harmful mutations of our genome, aiding evolution

Hidden code regulates harmful mutations of our genome, aiding evolution

On the one hand, mutations are needed for biological innovation, and on the other hand they cause diseases. How does ...
Water Wars? High tech farming, genetic engineering could derail what seems inevitable

Water Wars? High tech farming, genetic engineering could derail what seems inevitable

More than a billion people around the world have no reasonable access to fresh water. ...just 0.5% of the Earth’s ...
Understanding how genetics influences behavior could motivate people to change

Understanding how genetics influences behavior could motivate people to change

Genetic influence on human characteristics is often misinterpreted. It is wrongly assumed that a behavior that has strong genetic influence...must ...
Gene therapy tourism on the rise as debate heightens over reproductive technologies

Gene therapy tourism on the rise as debate heightens over reproductive technologies

One of [the] unintended consequences [of regulating, prohibiting or authorizing the use of new technologies] is “medical tourism,” where people ...
Educational genomics: Tailoring teaching to our individual DNA

Educational genomics: Tailoring teaching to our individual DNA

[T]he debate around the effectiveness of different learning styles in modern education is as active as ever – with many ...
Why the international seed bank includes no GMOs

Why the international seed bank includes no GMOs

The [Svalbard Global Seed Vault] is a frozen cavern in a mountain on the arctic island of Svalbard, halfway between ...
How biologist Jeffrey Gordon's once obscure study brought microbiome to forefront of health research

How biologist Jeffrey Gordon’s once obscure study brought microbiome to forefront of health research

Jeffrey L. Gordon is a biologist and director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University in ...
Cancer is a death sentence for many women in low-income countries

Cancer is a death sentence for many women in low-income countries

A woman diagnosed with breast cancer in most high-income countries is very likely to survive. The opposite is true for ...
Despite controversies, China follows same bioethical regulations as the West

Despite controversies, China follows same bioethical regulations as the West

[In 2015], Junjiu Huang and his research team at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit the ...
What humans share with viruses: Both need as few as 3,000 genes to function healthily

What humans share with viruses: Both need as few as 3,000 genes to function healthily

About a half-century ago the estimated number of human genes was in the millions. Today we’re down to about 20,000 ...