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Video/Illness & Disease

How our bodies can create billions of defences against disease with just 20,000 genes

3 minutes

Idea/Demography & Migration

Solving the mystery of the Druze – a 2,000-year-old odyssey

Eran Elhaik

Idea/History of Science

Why the hype around medical genetics is a public enemy

Nathaniel Comfort


Wild thing

How and why did humans domesticate animals – and what might this tell us about the future of our own species?

Jacob Mikanowski


Unified theory of evolution

Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck

Michael Skinner

Idea/Human Enhancement

Humans have long wished to fly like birds: maybe we shall

Nicholas Carr


Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?

7 minutes


Extinction is forever: de-extinction can’t save what we had

Brian Switek


We made a minimal cell and began a synthetic-life revolution

Dan Gibson

Idea/Demography & Migration

How DNA traced the Ashkenazic Jews to northeastern Turkey

Eran Elhaik


Sex is a costly molecular kind of wizardry – why evolve it?

Arunas L Radzvilavicius


At the world’s largest gathering of twins, everyone is part of a double act

7 minutes


New genetic engineering is slipping past old regulations

Jennifer Kuzma


From identity politics to medicine, the DNA revolution demands a new bioethics

6 minutes

Idea/Fairness & Equality

Myths about red hair are rooted in fear of difference

Jacky Colliss Harvey


Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree

John Hawks


How DNA mugshots can solve crimes: Q & A with Kenneth Kidd

Kate Wheeling

Video/History of Science

Forget space – the unknown worlds in pond scum are rich with life’s secrets

3 minutes


We’re closer to Alpha Centauri than to cryopreserving humans

Brian Hanley

Essay/Human Enhancement

Better babies

The long and peculiar history of the designer human, from Plato’s citizen breeders to Nobel sperm banks and beyond

Nathaniel Comfort


Chimeras and lightning: a radical perspective on the evolution of complex life

6 minutes


Made to order

Parents already put their children under intense pressure to compete in the world. Will gene editing make it worse?

Erik Parens


Making the cut

In gene editing, the genetic code now has a workable text editor. Will this mean Ctrl+X for disease and Ctrl+V for talent?

John Parrington


Suspended animation

How a 500-year experiment to revive dormant microbes could reveal the secrets to cheating time

Alex Riley

Essay/Cultures & Languages


Paleogenetics is helping to solve the great mystery of prehistory: how did humans spread out over the earth?

Jacob Mikanowski

Essay/Data & Information

Perfect genetic knowledge

Human genomics is just the start: the Earth has 50 billion tons of DNA. What happens when we have the entire biocode?

Dawn Field

Essay/Family Life

Is that my baby?

Sperm donation is socially acceptable but donor eggs still provoke a wave of unease about blood relations and motherhood

Amy Klein


Earth’s aliens

Alien life forms might be living right under our noses, but how can we find them if we don’t know what we’re looking for?

Sarah Scoles


What separates life from death? The line is fuzzier than we might expect

6 minutes

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Backyard evolution

Evolution works through tiny corridors of space and time, churning genes and transforming species before our very eyes

Victoria Schlesinger