The tests rely on samples of the baby’s DNA in the mother’s blood to gauge the risk of genetic conditions, rather than testing the foetus directly. Photograph: iStock

Prenatal testing of babies in the womb is a multibillion euro global industry that has grown massively in the past decade after the development of new(...)

The discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 paved the way for the development of sophisticated gene-editing techniques. Photograph: Getty Images

Genetic modification of the human germ line has been widely banned internationally for many years on both safety and ethical grounds. But now a leadin(...)

A technique has been developed that for the first time allows scientists to study the development of an embryo beyond the stage when it would normally ‘implant’ in the womb. File photograph: Science Photo Library/PPX

A technique has been developed that for the first time allows scientists to study the development of an embryo beyond the stage when it would normally(...)