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Genome editing – recent advances and the question of ethics.

It is hoped that recent research into genome editing, which allows scientists to change an organism’s DNA at particular locations in the genome, will lead to the development of new ways to prevent and treat human diseases. However, these also raise ethical questions and concerns.

Felisa Wolfe-Simon says…

Inspired perhaps by the Star Trekian line “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it”, NASA-funded researcher Felisa Wolfe-Simon must have known the hype she’d create when she announced the discovery of a new form of life.

Blondlot’s ‘N for never’ rays

We’ve got X-rays, radio waves and gamma rays, so why not N-rays? Because they don’t actually exist, despite what French scientist René Blondlot would have had you believe.

Hwang Woo-suk, ‘Pride of Korea’

Another of our researchers once considered to be a pioneering expert in their field before committing career suicide is South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk.

Obokata’s success turned sour

What’s the world coming to when you have to take every scientific breakthrough with a pinch of salt… or squeeze of lemon!

T J J See’s astronomical arrogance

An enquiring mind, a determination to get to the bottom of a problem and a certain confidence in your abilities are all useful traits in a scientist. Astronomical arrogance, less so.

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