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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

Essay/Genetics

Wild thing

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

Jacob Mikanowski

Essay/Genetics

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

Video/Bioethics

Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?

7 minutes

Idea/Genetics

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

Brian Switek

Idea/Genetics

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

Idea/Evolution

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

Arunas L Radzvilavicius

Video/Personality

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

7 minutes

Idea/Genetics

New genetic engineering is slipping past old regulations

Jennifer Kuzma

ORIGINAL
Video/Bioethics

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

Idea/Evolution

Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree

John Hawks

Idea/Genetics

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

Idea/Genetics

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

ORIGINAL
Video/Genetics

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

6 minutes

Essay/Bioethics

Made to order

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

Erik Parens

Essay/Genetics

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

Essay/Biology

Suspended animation

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

Alex Riley

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Origins

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

Essay/Biology

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

Video/Death

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