Ethics

CRISPR Gene-Drive Tested on Mammals for the First Time in History

CRISPR gene drives have been tested in laboratory mice for the first time, offering a way in which multiple genes in mice can be altered to model complex multigenic human diseases. Could this step eventually lead to the eradication of pest species or is the technology still too controversial?

Making Pregnancy Safer

Non-Invasive Pre-Natal Testing (NIPT) has the potential of bringing safer pregnancy testing to the wider NHS, but not without its challenges.

Weekend Reads

This week: Reversed ageing, pig organs, the future of humankind and citizen scientists using genetics to solve past crimes. 

How Can a Baby Have 3 Parents?

The concept of three-parent babies defies what we learned in health class. But how and when is the third parent involved? At what stage? Jennifer Barfield gives us an update on the birds and the bees.