Articles by Philip Ball
Scientists are making advances in gene editing, as a new experiment proves. But some of the reporting has been dire—let’s all calm down
The ability to analyse people’s genetic constitutions will transform cancer care over the coming years. But to make the most of the technology, highly sensitive data will need to be shared. That...
Did Darwin miss something? The 100-year-old book that rivalled “The Origin of Species”—and still shapes science today
Philip Ball / June 29, 2017
In “On Growth and Form,” D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson argued that organisms are shaped less by adaptive evolutionary function and more by deep mathematical laws. To understand his argument, you...
We have always had a fear of the unknown
An evolutionary discovery creates new puzzles
"Taste and flavour are not just about what we put in our mouth"
Once we determine that, we’ll better understand what the Trappist planets can tell us
Philip Ball / February 22, 2017
High-pressure science can produce surprises—as demonstrated by two recent discoveries