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(...)

Prof Jane Farrar from Trinity College Dublin: she and Prof Peter Humphries and  Dr Paul Kenna  have spent over 20 years looking at the form of inherited blindness known as retinitis pigmentosa. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

US biopharma group Spark Therapeutics has acquired Dublin-based gene therapy business Genable Technologies in a deal worth more than $15 million (€13.(...)

A man stands by a display cabinet of the Causeway Bay bookshop in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Image

-As pressure grows on Hong Kong’s coveted autonomy from mainland China, four local booksellers kidnapped by mainland police confessed that they illega(...)

In Ireland, tests must be run on two mammalian species before drug-testing can be conducted on humans. Above: a lab rat. Photographs:  Getty Images

Everything inside this modern building is clean and techy, but there is an out-of-place whiff of mustiness too: eau de pet shop. I’m outside the “mous(...)