DNA

Gene Drives, GMO Pests, and Avoiding Extinction

A new genetic technology called a gene drive could help eradicate deadly pests, like invasive rats in the Galápagos or malaria-carrying mosquitoes. But exactly how hazardous could accidental consequences be?

DNA Tech

Now that we know all about DNA, let's talk about how we can use it in technology. From diodes to computer storage, we explore the uses of DNA.

Meeting Mr. DNA

What is DNA and where did it come from? We'll take a look at what we know about the building blocks for life as we know it.

The Anti-Aging Debate

There's no scientific consensus on the causes of aging and that has led to some spirited debates. We explore the arguments and learn a little something about ourselves in the process.

Never Grow Old

Why face the ravages of time if you can stave off the effects of aging? We look at ways to cheat the clock!

Editing Genes with CRISPR

What is the CRISPR technique? How might it revolutionize genetic alteration? And why are some scientists urging caution before it gets widely used?

Making 100 the New 60

A recently launched project called Human Longevity Inc. intends, as co-founder Peter Diamandis put it, to "make 100 years old the new 60." How do they plan to get us there? And will it work?

DNA Cage Match

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Is it possible to bring extinct species back to life? We look at the science and controversy around de-extinction.

There's a Gene for That

What are gene therapy and gene doping? How do researchers reprogram viruses to carry human genes? Will messing with our genes make us less human?