Confusion over trying to guess where Brexit is likely to dump us all serves to undermine the UK’s ability to attract talent. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A no-deal Brexit looks set to undermine the UK’s position as a world leader in international research and is already starting to cause damage accordin(...)

A chimera is an organism whose cells come from two or more “individuals”, with recent work looking at combinations from different species

Efforts to create human-animal chimeras have rebooted an ethical debate after reports emerged that scientists have produced monkey embryos containing (...)

Sir Paul Nurse speaking after being awarded the inaugural George Sigerson award for ‘inspiring aspiring’ scientists by UCD Biological Society. Photograph: Aoife O’Sullivan

It’s not every day you meet a Nobel prizewinner, and members of UCD Biological Society were clearly excited to have English geneticist and cell biolog(...)

A 3D render of a human DNA string. File photograph: Getty Images

US scientists on Wednesday unveiled two new molecular editing tools designed to fix mutations that cause the majority of human genetic diseases, some (...)

In tests alcohol activated the brain signals that tell the body to eat more. Photograph: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images

Scientists have found that the brain cells that stimulate the urge to eat can be activated by alcohol as well as by hunger – a discovery that could he(...)

If Ireland wants to be an innovation leader it has to unleash the creativity that exists in labs up and down the country. It needs to find ways to sup(...)

Many ethical questions arise as a result of genome research. Yet it offers much promise in treating disease, delivering safe genetically modified food and even defeating HIV. File photograph: Getty Images

New kinds of crops, human transplant organs grown inside pigs and cures for common diseases are all possible as a result of a new kind of genetic engi(...)

A still from CCTV shows the moment Muhiddin Mire (30) cut his victim’s throat at Leytonstone Tube station. Photograph: Photograph: CPS/PA Wire

There are things we might expect of a man who nearly had his head cut off in the middle of a Tube station. A man who was jumped from behind and kicked(...)

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(...)