Scientists Launch an Effort to Eradicate Malaria With Gene-Edited Mosquitoes
In a high-security lab in Italy, scientists have launched a large-scale experiment to genetically modify mosquitoes with an end goal of potentially eradicating malaria in Africa.
A New Single-Celled Organism Is an Evolutionary Game Changer
Researchers have discovered a new organism that has no known evolutionary relatives, causing them to reconsider how genes evolve.
Should We Fight Invasive Species With Genetic Engineering?
Why one scientist changed his mind on using gene drives for conservation.
New DNA Extraction Techniques Are Helping Enhance Our Understanding of Elephants' Biological History
Recent advances in laboratory methods are enabling scientists to recover very old or degraded DNA sequences from warmer places, where DNA degrades at a much faster rate.
How Scientific Progress Is Changing the Stem Cell Debate
The morality of human embryonic stem cell research has long been contentious, but new discoveries could end the controversy.
Why We Should Think Twice About Giving Genetic Tests to Our Kids
Genetic tests are becoming increasingly common, but a major medical organization argues that we should be cautious about testing children.
Genes Affect Our Behavior, but So Does the Environment
Despite the recent discovery of the "blonde gene," environmental differences and genetic effects remain inextricably linked.
Do Your Grandmother's Experiences Really Make It Into Your Genes?
Epigenetics is a hot field right now, and while many recent findings aren't nearly as revolutionary as its practitioners believe, we have seen some provocative study results that are hard to dismiss.