DNA storage: The code that could save civilisation
Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all...0
‘Female’ Chromosome May Play Unexpected Role in Male Biology
Behind every great man, the saying goes, there’s a great woman. And behind every sperm, there may be an...
What is epigenetics?
As plenty of frustrated middle-aged readers will know, exercise does not always lead to a drop in waist size....
Beloved Immortals: Science, Miracles and ‘Jellyfish Time’
What is biological immortality? To be fair, it’s not the promise of a paradisiacal garden. Neither is it the...
Shakespeare, Thou Art Stored in DNA
The stuff we’re made of may be the means by which we store information that we want kept around...
Learning to Love Grains, Potatoes Was Key to Evolution of Dogs
You know that dog biscuit shaped like a bone but made mostly of wheat? The fact that your dog...
DNA Shows Ancient Humans Related to Asians and Native Americans
Researchers have been able to trace a line between some of the earliest modern humans to settle in China...
Can Neanderthals Be Brought Back From the Dead?
In a SPIEGEL interview, synthetic biology expert George Church of Harvard University explains how DNA will become the building...
Scientists Find Quadruple Helix DNA in Human Cells
While traditionally we think of only double helix DNA, scientists from Cambridge University in England have made an interesting...
Personal Genomes Could Soon Be Public Information
Anyone who’s generously given their DNA to genomic research under the assumption that their personal biological code would be...