CRISPR can alter an embryo's genes forever. What happens when there are ‘mistakes’?

CRISPR can alter an embryo’s genes forever. What happens when there are ‘mistakes’?

[He Jiankui] made the first genetically modified babies in the history of humankind. After 3.7 billion years of continuous, undisturbed ...
Dark web: COVID vaccines and fake vaccine passports for sale

Dark web: COVID vaccines and fake vaccine passports for sale

Covid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet.  Prices range between $500 (£360) ...
‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day's stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day’s stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

For people on the frontline [of the COVID pandemic,] dreams became nightmares. Of 114 doctors and 414 nurses working in ...
How mastering fire and cooking accelerated human evolution

How mastering fire and cooking accelerated human evolution

Humanity's exceptional relationship with energy began hundreds of thousands of years ago, with our discovery of fire.  Fire did much ...
7 fold: For COVID survivors, a vaccine jab dramatically boosts antibody response

7 fold: For COVID survivors, a vaccine jab dramatically boosts antibody response

For people who have not had Covid, the first dose of the vaccine provided protection equivalent to having had the ...
Can training make you a premier long distance runner — or are your abilities determined at birth?

Can training make you a premier long distance runner — or are your abilities determined at birth?

All of our skeletal muscles are made up of a combination of two types of fibre: slow-twitch muscle fibres and ...
COVID’s Achilles’ heel: Will the DNA of disease-resistant patients offer clues to blocking the virus?

COVID’s Achilles’ heel: Will the DNA of disease-resistant patients offer clues to blocking the virus?

Mayana Zatz, director of the Human Genome Research Centre at the University of São Paulo has identified 100 couples, where ...
Video: ‘Cognitive enhancers’ — Can you boost your brain power naturally?

Video: ‘Cognitive enhancers’ — Can you boost your brain power naturally?

How do so-called 'smart drugs' work, and what are their risks?  Watch the video here ...
Video: Lab-grown meat is a global sensation. But can it really help battle climate change?

Video: Lab-grown meat is a global sensation. But can it really help battle climate change?

Last year, Singapore became the first country to allow the sale of lab-grown meat.  BBC Minute takes a look at ...
Video: Are there benefits to exercising in cold weather?

Video: Are there benefits to exercising in cold weather?

Research suggests exposure to the cold can help activate brown fat cells which burn more calories. Does this translate to ...
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Soils around the world are in trouble, threatening food production. Here’s how we can save the ground beneath our feet

Soil is critical for the food everyone eats. Healthy soils matter not just for producing 95% of global food supplies, ...
I got my COVID-19 vaccine. Can I still get and transmit the virus?

I got my COVID-19 vaccine. Can I still get and transmit the virus?

There are two main types of immunity you can achieve with vaccines. One is so-called "effective" immunity, which can prevent ...
Vaccine crisis? South Africa halts Astra-Zeneca shot rollout over mutant strain, sending alarm through global health community

Vaccine crisis? South Africa halts Astra-Zeneca shot rollout over mutant strain, sending alarm through global health community

South Africa has put its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on hold after a study showed "disappointing" results against its ...
Sex and love in the time of Neanderthals

Sex and love in the time of Neanderthals

[T]he evidence that sex between early modern humans and Neanderthals was not a rare event has been mounting up. Hidden ...
Why taking only one shot of a two-dose COVID vaccine regimen could prove deadly

Why taking only one shot of a two-dose COVID vaccine regimen could prove deadly

[H]ow effective is a single dose of each of the Covid-19 vaccines? At a time when the answer is more ...
New UK COVID variant is not only more infectious - it appears to be more deadly

New UK COVID variant is not only more infectious – it appears to be more deadly

Public Health England, Imperial College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Exeter have ...
Farming palm trees for oil destroys forests. Now there’s a GM synthetic version that might help preserve global biodiversity

Farming palm trees for oil destroys forests. Now there’s a GM synthetic version that might help preserve global biodiversity

[Many everyday products] are made with palm oil, which is responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world's ...
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COVID could come back with a vengeance in mutated forms, jumping back and forth between animals and humans

COVID could come back with a vengeance in mutated forms, jumping back and forth between animals and humans

Coronavirus could potentially leap to other animals, such as rats, mice, ferrets and voles, as well as mink, an expert ...
3 biggest COVID rumors and false claims debunked

3 biggest COVID rumors and false claims debunked

One of the most shared claims this week - one that has been circulating since early this year - is ...
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‘Highly unusual’ apple variety discovered in the UK

Archie Thomas, from the Nadder Valley in Wiltshire, came across across a windfall apple on a wooded trackway near his ...
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COVID pilot trial: Facing UK’s near highest death toll, Liverpool to test entire city

Everyone living or working in [Liverpool] will be offered [a COVID test], whether or not they have symptoms, with follow-up ...
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Will COVID cause complications for decades?

By now the story of how new viral threats emerge should be familiar – the close contact with infected animals, ...
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Reassurance on COVID and school children: Respected study shows ‘tiny’ risk

Children's risk of needing hospital treatment for coronavirus is "tiny" and critical care "even tinier," [researchers] say. However, black children, ...
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COVID logistical nightmare: 8,000 jumbo jets needed to globally deliver vaccine

The equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s will be needed [to ship a coronavirus vaccine worldwide], the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has ...
What’s it like being in a Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial?

What’s it like being in a Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial?

I’m at St George’s for an initial screening as a volunteer in the Oxford University trial to test the ChAdOx1 ...
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Birth rates expected to crash by half in coming decades in some countries, driven by educated, working women

Falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century. And 23 nations - ...
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