How and why did humans domesticate animals – and what might this tell us about the future of our own species?
Unified theory of evolution
Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck
The long and peculiar history of the designer human, from Plato’s citizen breeders to Nobel sperm banks and beyond
Made to order
Parents already put their children under intense pressure to compete in the world. Will gene editing make it worse?
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?
How a 500-year experiment to revive dormant microbes could reveal the secrets to cheating time
Paleogenetics is helping to solve the great mystery of prehistory: how did humans spread out over the earth?
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?
Is that my baby?
Sperm donation is socially acceptable but donor eggs still provoke a wave of unease about blood relations and motherhood
Alien lifeforms might be living right under our noses, but how can we find them if we don’t know what we’re looking for?
Evolution works through tiny corridors of space and time, churning genes and transforming species before our very eyes