Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing

After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.

After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.

hESCs, evolution, ecology
Brain Surface Area Reveals Overlap in Genes, Intelligence, Evolution
Brain Surface Area Reveals Overlap in Genes, Intelligence, Evolution
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 4, 2019
An analysis of the contours of more than 600 kids’ brains points to links between cerebral surface area and heritability in regions of the brain important in cognition.  
Opinion: Individuals Are Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Opinion: Individuals Are Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Itzhak Mizrahi, Fotini Kokou | Mar 1, 2019
The study of evolution requires consideration of organisms’ microbiomes.
Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2019
The blue lagoons of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin provide a glimpse into the planet’s ancient past.
Primordial RNA May Have Contained Inosine
Primordial RNA May Have Contained Inosine
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2019
The discovery that the adenosine derivative aids self-replication adds weight to the theory that life on Earth originated from a mixture of RNA molecules.
Archaea CRISPR Systems Grab DNA Memories During Interspecies Mating
Archaea CRISPR Systems Grab DNA Memories During Interspecies Mating
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 1, 2019
When different archaeal species mate, their CRISPR systems interact in ways that may influence their evolution.
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
Ruth Williams | Feb 21, 2019
All life on Earth uses a genetic code based on four nucleotides. Now, scientists have created one with eight.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 21, 2019
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2019
The large-scale experiments aim to test how the technology would fare in the wild, if deployed to knock down populations of the pests.
Longevity Clues Tucked in Great White Shark Genome
Longevity Clues Tucked in Great White Shark Genome
Ashley Yeager | Feb 19, 2019
Certain adaptations identified in the fish’s DNA linked to wound healing, cancer protection, and a long life.