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...
An evolutionary discovery creates new puzzles
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
Philip Ball / December 12, 2016
Strict regulation can help—not hinder—scientific progress
Haldane, Kosterlitz and Thouless did work at the "tip of a branch that joins the core of physics very close to the trunk"