Holly Leslie reflects on the origin of this year’s Nobel prize-winning, CRISPR-Cas9 technology, and explores how scientists are beginning to use gene editing approaches on their quest for new medical treatments in hereditary disease.
Category: Life Sciences
Can humans ever achieve immortality? Thomas explains why this may be impossible, referring to a small species of non-ageing jellyfish.
Researchers find that motherly grooming, even after being independent, has unprecedented benefits to young chimps for life. Saugat Bolakhe explores the evolutionary advantages maternal love and shares how the ‘alpha male’ is often wrongfully portrayed in human culture.
Regular eye tests offer early, non-invasive detection not just of ophthalmic problems but of a host of general health conditions that are increasing in prevalence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this, Siobhan McGeechan asks: why aren’t we prioritising eye care?
Delia Cretu explains how bats’ unique antiviral immunity may be a side story to the evolution of flight
Australia’s natural dangers are not just limited to its animal life – Jennifer Sibbald discusses the plant molecules responsible for a nasty sting.
Annabell discusses the future of COVID-19 by looking at past pandemics and how they may help to predict how much longer the disease will impact our lives.
The phrase ‘mind over matter’ is common, yet how much influence does the mind really have in the context of a patient’s response to treatment? Rachael Smith investigates.