We all have that one person in our lives. Either if it’s your colleague humming the chorus to holy night all afternoon, or your neighbour whistling “driving home for Christmas” in the early morning hours. I am that person in my office, and I’m proud. Let the Christmas spirit in!

Whether you find it annoying or not, here are five things to read instead of humming on Christmas songs (because even I can admit that it’s a little, mini, tiny, bit early, still…

Under Trump, Biologists Seek a Low Profile for Controversial Research

Biologists working on controversial, cutting-edge technology say they fear what will happen if recent advances come to the attention of President Donald Trump. 

How to Live Forever: Here are the Ways Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer Death 

Tech folks are a little antsy about the whole death thing. They’re putting money behind DNA ‘hacking’, organ printing and tiny robots that might kill what ails you… 

 

CRISPR: Gene Editing and Beyond

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionised gene-editing, but cutting DNA isn’t all it can do. From turning gene expression on and off to fluorescently tagging particular sequences, this animation explores some of the exciting possibilities for CRISPR: 

Genetically Modified Wine Anyone?

Researchers in Belgium have discovered the gene in yeast responsible for giving beers and wine their sweet flavour, and claims they can insert the DNA into brewers’ batches, producing truly new and unique flavours.

A Celebrity Pitching In to Help Rare Disease Community –  Stranger Things Have Happened

Gaten Matarazzo, one of the leads of the Netflix original series Stranger Things is using his star to help patients with cleidocranial dysplasia. Matarazzo is one of nine diagnosed CCD patients in Utah, and he’s been using Netflix as a platform to educate others about CCD. Now he’s formed a partnership with the newly formed non-profit CCD Smiles.