Genetic editing could be one of our most powerful tools to treat illness and suffering, but could it change what it means to be human?
With a regular human genome consisting of 46 chromosomes and around 20,000 genes made up of 3 billion base pairs of DNA, just a slight alteration to our genetic code is enough to cause us disease.
Drugs affect people differently and we’re increasingly understanding why. For many of us, it’s down to our genes.
Oncologists are increasingly understanding the genomic drivers behind cancers, leading to a host of promising new treatments.
The emergence of synthetic biology offers the potential to engineer microbes to help us grow crops without the need for artificial fertilizer.