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A moratorium will not address ethical concerns about gene editing
A moratorium will not address ethical concerns about gene editing
Much of the attention garnered by the novel gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 is due to the prospect of unprecedented therapeutic applications...
Gene editing is risky, but it is worth it?
Gene editing is risky, but it is worth it?
Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui’s recent foray into human gene editing by altering embryos’ genes caused controversy in the scientific...
Rapists who prey on the mentally ill
Rapists who prey on the mentally ill
The family of Mulalo Mukwevho*, who is 20 years old and mentally ill, were stunned when she started showing signs of pregnancy in January last...
Kenya’s push for a national ID raises red flags
Kenya’s push for a national ID raises red flags
In 2008, following the violence that accompanied the disputed presidential election, Kenyan politicians came together to form a government of...
Want your eggs black or white?
Want your eggs black or white?
In 2018, self-proclaimed trans-racial activist Rachel Dolezal’s appearance in South Africa for a talk on nonracialism caused quite a furore. In...
Scientist launches hunt for Loch Ness 'monster DNA'
Scientist launches hunt for Loch Ness 'monster DNA'
Tales of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness have been around for more than 1 500 years — and one academic hopes...
Mining joy from anxiety’s depths
Mining joy from anxiety’s depths
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Hunt for the octopus from space
Hunt for the octopus from space
Studies suggesting that the humble octopus might be from outer space have seized the attention of would-be xenobiologists.
Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants
Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants
For a long time, zoologists assumed that there were only two species of elephant: one Asian and one African. Then genetic analyses suggested that...
Ancient DNA research makes important addition to our understanding of human history
Ancient DNA research makes important addition to our understanding of human history
Contrary to the notion that modern humans like us emerged less than 200 000 years ago, a recent study of ancient genomes published in Science by...
How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators
How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators
Pollinators are the unsung heroes of food production. Almost one third of the food eaten comes from animal

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