genetics

The ‘blank slate’ view of humanity is looking increasingly outdated

16 April 2016 8:30

Quietly, patiently, tentatively, scientists are revolutionising the way we see human nature, a breakthrough that may be as earth-shattering as…

The moral argument for three-person babies

7 February 2015 15:58

If all goes according to plan, the first baby with the DNA of three people will be British, and could…

The mitochondrial debate seems suspiciously short for a topic few MPs are experts on

3 February 2015 15:12

MPs are currently debating changing the law to allow mitochondrial donations. This is a very complex area that few people…

The Down’s syndrome surrogacy story is horrible. But Britain has no right to sneer

4 August 2014 20:15

To look on the heartwarming side, Australians have shown that they are rather more humane as a nation than the…

Darwin’s unexploded bomb

6 May 2014 9:23

‘This book is an attempt to understand the world as it is, not as it ought to be.’ So writes…

The cloning industry may be closer than you think

15 April 2014 14:55

A cute puppy is natural front-page fodder, as the birth of Britain’s first cloned puppy last week proved. When it…

Would you screen for the ‘gay’ gene?

27 February 2014 10:21

How would you feel about a couple doing IVF just in order to find the embryos most likely to to…

Meritocracy doesn’t work. It’s in the Left’s interest to recognise this

30 January 2014 14:15

At the end of Coming Apart Charles Murray mentions, rather enigmatically, that our assumptions about society will soon be blown…

Genes do influence children, and acknowledging that can make schools better

17 October 2013 11:21

Every September teachers up and down the land welcome new classes of children. Each child they see in front of…

The odd couples

21 June 2013 10:52

This is the first post in an occasional series about rediscovering old science books. Twins, Lawrence Wright posits, pose a…

Professor Steve Jones: Why I think religion is a bad thing

10 June 2013 8:45

Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London. Some of his previous books include: The Language of…