Agronomist Trofim Lysenko was appointed Director of the Soviet Institute of Genetics in 1940 with dire consequences

Illiberal and strongly contested Marxist-inspired ideologies promoting “social justice” are widely and quietly seeping into western culture, eg politi(...)

‘If we identify changes in the disease genes this is important as it might, potentially, be the cause of a genetic disease.’ File photograph: Getty

Scientists have discovered how “disease genes” evolved in vertebrates 500 million years ago, shedding light on human genetic origins and enabling new (...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said on Sunday the National Immunisation Advisory Committee  was examining whether to recommend vaccination of 12- to 15-year-olds. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The “cycle of transmission” of Covid-19 and variants will not be broken until children as well as adults are vaccinated, leading experts warn. The am(...)

Thousands of people marched in anti-government protests in Budapest in 2018 over limits on academic freedom under Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s nationalist government. Photograph: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP.

Academic freedom is essential to the university’s mission of discovering new knowledge and teaching existing knowledge to students. It is unfortunatel(...)

It might be possible that the effects of the Irish Famine could have affected several generations

We are told that what you are is in the genes, and that it doesn’t matter if your parents kill themselves in the gym, you are not going to inherit the(...)

When The Irish Times says, as it did last month, that “innovation is in our DNA”, as a geneticist I might be pleased. The problem, of course, is that(...)

James Watson beside the sculpture The Double Helix by Brian King, at Trinity College Dublin, in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

The geneticist James Watson is one of the best-known scientists of the modern era. Why is it that his name will probably be one of the few to be kn(...)