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Why don’t I know who I am? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Linda Blair

Every day millions of internet users ask Google some of life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>To ask this question is to misunderstand identity. To ask, “Who am I?” is to suggest that identity is static, tangible and whole. It is none of …

Dear celebrities – think the Earth is flat? Aliens made us? Help is at hand | Jules Howard

From BoB to Shane Warne to Dan Walker, there seems to be a little confusion about some fundamentals of life

The secret life of a research scientist: I’ve got poo in my freezer and parasites in my armpit

I am standing in front of a large freezer about to reveal the product of years of hard work and sleepless nights. The key clicks in the padlock and the lid pops open. A cold blast offers refreshing relief. In the iciness below, a bounty is revealed: piles upon piles of poo. Welcome to the glamorous …

Antibiotic defences against serious diseases under threat, experts warn

Scientists in China discover a gene that enables resistance to move between bacteria – which is likely to spread worldwide, they warn<p>The last line of antibiotic defence against some serious infections is under threat, say experts who have identified a gene that enables resistance to spread between …

Public Health

The Guardian view on the discovery of liquid water on Mars: cause for great celebration | Editorial

Now the search is on to find living organisms on the red planet. Even traces of primitive microbes would rank among the most important discoveries in history<p>When ancient explorers set off from home they would follow the water, along rivers and coastlines, from lake to lake. There was little else …

Six creative ways to teach genetics

Here’s a collection of ideas and resources for teaching everything from genetic mutation to cloning mice, just in time for Jeans for Genes Day<p>Genetics is often in the news – and always a safe bet to spark fierce debate in the classroom as well as round the dinner table. But how much do your …

Genetics

Life after death: the science of human decomposition

Photograph: Mo Costandi<p>John lay on Williams’ metal table, his body wrapped in a white linen sheet, cold and stiff to the touch. Photograph: Mo …

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The case for genetically engineered babies

Whoever first crosses the line to edited embryos will find a powerful new resource in the fight against disease. What we ought to do is use it responsibly<p>The first study to modify the genes of a human embryo, conducted at Sun Yat-sen University in China, has caused a furious backlash. <i>Nature</i> and</i> …

Genetics

Depression Can Physically Change Your DNA, Study Suggests

More evidence that the disease is much more than a mood disorder.<p>Researchers from the UK have found evidence that depression doesn't just change our …

Genetics

Editing Human Embryos: So This Happened

Science & InnovationThe Loom<p>Earlier this week, Chinese researchers reported that they edited the genes of human embryos using a new technique called CRISPR. While these embryos will not be growing up into genetically modified people, I suspect this week will go down as a pivotal moment in the …

Genetics

If the DNA molecule is the book of life, it's a very strange book indeed

<b>by Yohan J. John</b><p>The DNA molecule is often described as the book of life, as a blueprint for constructing the organism, or as a program for computing …

People with this gene smoke longer, get cancer sooner

Smokers with a specific genetic variation are more likely to keep smoking longer than those who don’t have it new research indicates. They’re also …

Do your genes determine your entire life? | Julian Baggini

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

How science can be a children's playground for serious lessons

Learning through play shouldn’t just be about demonstrating science as a fun activity but nurturing a deeper engagement – and this can be easily done<p>“Kids are born scientists.” You may have often heard this from science communicators, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist …

Let’s stop pretending going to Mars is for mankind

I read the news of the proposed one-way trip to Mars for up to 40 lucky Earthlings with curious fascination. First, I browsed through the 100 candidates who had made the shortlist. Of course there was a Nigerian, a certain Ighodalo whose upbeat personableness came across well in his application …