life (with) science

When men became just evolved apes

A 1932 sci-fi movie, the 1896 novel that inspired it, and how Victorian society discovered that we are just ape’s descendants I love movies, and among movies sci-fi is one of my favourite genres, as one might tell from some other... Continue Reading →

“The importance of being earnest” (scientists)

Peer-review scams, citation rings, inefficient post-publication amendments. Can we still trust scientists to trust each other? How trustworthy is science? Or, being more specific, how trustworthy are scientific publications? An overwhelming number of papers is published every year. According to... Continue Reading →

Second Chinese gene editing study on human embryos is among us. But is it important?

On 6 April a Chinese team has reported editing non-viable embryos in the attempt to make them HIV-resistant. It is the second case of human gene editing that has been published. Apart from ethical concerns, is this study truly important... Continue Reading →

The eternal sunshine of a spotless paper

A study shows that negative citations of papers are rather rare. How do they work exactly? Isn’t science the modern great art of debate? The only way through which science can be academically validated is by passing through a long... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Gattaca, part three

“Ten fingers, ten toes. That’s all that used to matter. Not now. Now, only seconds old, the exact time and cause of my death was already known.” From Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca In the last part of this series of posts... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Gattaca, part two

The previous post talked about a study, published in April 2015, regarding the first gene editing on human embryos. Despite the problems with the technique that this study showed, it triggered an awkward debate in the scientific community. Concerns are... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Gattaca, part one

In 1997 a movie depicted a dystopian future of gene-edited people. Most of those technologies are now becoming real. What are they and what are the differences between that future and ours? Jerome Morrow thinking: “The most unremarkable of events.... Continue Reading →

The dawn of the planet of gene editing therapies

For the first time, the use of gene editing has allowed the life of a one-year-old girl affected by an aggressive form of leukaemia to be saved. And this seems to be just the beginning Lyla was born healthy on... Continue Reading →

Do humans dream of gene-edited pigs?

Genomics institute BGI intends to start selling gene-edited “micro-pigs” as pet animals BGI is a Chinese company based in Shenzhen and known for its work sequencing human, plant and animal DNA. Through gene editing, they have created reduce-sized pigs and... Continue Reading →

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