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Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Video/Bioethics

Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?

7 minutes

Idea/Genetics

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

Dan Gibson

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Essay/Biotechnology

Bio-techne

Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones – the Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories?

Adrienne Mayor

Essay/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

Sunshine in a bottle

Mimic the dance between carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, and you can tap into clean solar energy and ease climate change

Peter Forbes

Idea/Biotechnology

Biohackers should produce a microbial uberfood for the world

Dawn Field

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Video/Art

Spray the DNA away – an artist’s stand against encroaching genetic surveillance

4 minutes

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How beautiful bioluminescent bacteria can expose invisible water pollution

3 minutes

Video/Evolution

How chameleons change colours not to blend in, but for nearly opposite reasons

4 minutes

Video/Bioethics

The mini robots that may show how to ‘programme’ cells for improved performance

4 minutes

Video/Bioethics

Why finding creative ways to end our reliance on meat may be a moral imperative.

3 minutes

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Will life-forms that can go a century without water save crops from droughts?

3 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Why is a mathematician studying fungus?

3 minutes

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Essay/Biotechnology

Young blood

From teen-targeting vampires to Lady Báthory’s bloodbaths, we love stories of stolen youth. What if it were possible?

Jess Zimmerman

Essay/Bioethics

Prometheus Inc

Biotechnology and other life sciences promise to transform our health, identity, even our brains. Should we be worried?

Hilary Rose & Steven Rose

Essay/Biotechnology

The vegan carnivore?

It’s made in a lab, no factory farms and no killing, but it’s still meat. Looks like we’ll need a whole new food ethics

Julian Baggini

Essay/Biotechnology

An iCure?

Crowdfunding might catapult promising cancer treatments into clinical trials, but can it make a real difference?

Alexander Masters

Essay/Art

Beauteous beasts

Humans have been breeding animals for beauty for centuries. But should we draw the line at genetically modified pets?

Emily Anthes

Essay/Biotechnology

Beyond belief

Unreason, like the poor, will always be with us. But why does quackery survive when science is making life better?

Michael Hanlon