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Scientists create world’s first synthetic embryos

Researchers have created the world's first synthetic embryos in a groundbreaking feat that bypassed the need for sperm, eggs and fertilisation.

Presenting a fine-tuned CRISPR-Cas9 gene editor

The novel approach adopted for the "molecular scissors" significantly reduces the chance of potentially harmful mutations.

The Human Genome Project pieced together only 92% of the DNA – now scientists have finally filled in the remaining 8%

When the Human Genome Project announced that they had completed the first human genome in 2003, it was a momentous accomplishment.

Mapping the brain to understand the mind

New technology is enabling neuroscientists to make increasingly detailed wiring diagrams that could yield new insights into brain function.

Cellular Reprogramming Boosts Liver Regeneration in Mice

Scientists have shown that partial cellular reprogramming can significantly increase the already impressive regenerative capacity of the liver.

Could we make ageing a thing of the past?

Recent scientific advances raise the prospect of living longer – but 'healthspan' is just as important as lifespan.

Breakthrough CRISPR Technique Allows Genetic Editing Of Cockroaches

Researchers have successfully used CRISPR on cockroaches in a first that opens the door to future gene-editing research on insects.

‘Thinkers And Innovators’: What It Will Take To Figure Out The Brain, From A Neuroscience And AI Pioneer

Terrence Sejnowski is a professor at the Salk Institute and a pioneer in computational neuroscience and artificial neural networks.

Fatherless mice are created in the lab using only unfertilised mouse eggs

A team of researchers from China and the U.S. have managed to obtain offspring from a single unfertilized egg from a mouse.

Embryonic stem cell discovery creates opportunity to study our genomic ‘wake up call’

Human cells behaving like those at a crucial embryological milestone have been identified, enabling insights into early development.