Britain has approved an IVF technique to prevent mitochondrial disease from being passed on to children, resulting in babies with three biological parents.
Few researchers working with prohibited drugs such as heroin and psychedelics admit ‘inside knowledge’ of their use, but some argue that the culture of non-disclosure is irresponsible.
Inconclusive studies haven’t deterred enthusiasts from claiming marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug, from Ganja Yoga to the world’s first ‘cannabis gym’.
Thirty years since the world’s worst nuclear accident, engineers are sliding a giant shield over the Chernobyl reactor to finally enable its deconstruction and decontamination.
Researchers are finding they are unable to reproduce studies long taken for granted in their disciplines.
Gene-editing offers hope of eliminating genetic disorders, but raises questions about how far we should go.
The fight against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses turns to genetic engineering.
The High Court’s decision against patents on isolated genes raised questions about how non-expert judges can rule on science.
The battle against species extinctions is ethically fraught. As habitat diminishes, what is the purpose of conservation, and what role should zoos play?
The death of famous polar bear Knut and revolutionary research into the psychiatric effects of autoimmune disease.
Studies suggesting dogs can detect cancer may lead to innovative early detection technologies.
The answer to the problem of feeding the growing global population may be microscopic.
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s new program to search for alien life excites many, but has the universe been quiet for a reason?
Meet the team of biohackers useing a DIY lab to probe the possibilities of modifying natural biology, and the ethics of doing so.
The trouble with beating addiction is that it isn’t confined to one substance or activity.
With a ‘female Viagra’ now on the cusp of approval, is there any proof the disorder it’s targeting exists?
Anti-wind farm groups insist the turbines are making people sick, but new studies suggest a surprisingly different cause.
A preference for male lab rats in clinical trials skews new drugs towards effectiveness in men.
Researchers are edging closer to reliable gene therapy, providing a revolution in healthcare.
Australia’s chief scientist, Ian Chubb, holds the future of science and innovation in his hands. If he can make the government listen.
If a robot can be made to think like a worm, how will we define living and non-living beings?
She was fascinated by space as a child. Now Australian woman Dianne McGrath has volunteered to live out life on Mars.
Climate researchers are turning their minds to Plan B – manipulating the atmosphere to engineer a return to liveable conditions.
Cheap, small-scale satellites are being developed for commercial use and deployed in a fraction of the time it takes cautious government agencies.
Continued debate over the existence of the G spot and even vaginal orgasms reflects a lack of solid science about women’s bodies.
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