The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has approved a research application from the Francis Crick Institute to use new ‘gene editing’ techniques on human embryos. Photograph: Getty

Scientists in Britain have been give the go-ahead to edit the genes of human embryos for research, using a technique that some say could eventually be(...)

Sir Paul Nurse has strong ideas about how to drive the transition from lab to life

How do you turn a scientific discovery into something that has an impact on society – maybe it opens up a new way to treat a disease, perhaps it under(...)