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

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

From BoB to Shane Warne to Dan Walker, there seems to be a little confusion about some fundamentals of life<p>Are you a creationist hitting the big time on BBC Breakfast? Or an American rapper who thinks the world is flat? Perhaps you’re an Australian cricketer confused about how we can go from …

Shane Warne

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

Despite the many sacrifices and lack of financial reward, it’s exhilarating to be part of a passionate team fighting for the future of our planet<p>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 …

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

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 …

Life after death: the science of human decomposition

Far from being dead, a rotting human corpse is the cornerstone of a complex ecosystem. A better understanding of this ecosystem could have direct applications in forensic science<p>John had been dead about four hours before his body was brought into the funeral home. He had been relatively healthy for …

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> …

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

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 history of medicine. David …

Genetics

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

Monday, April 20, 2015<p>If the DNA molecule is the book of life, it's a very strange book indeed<p><b>by Yohan J. John</b><p>The DNA molecule is often described as …

People with this gene smoke longer, get cancer sooner - Futurity

Smokers with a particular gene variant are more likely to keep smoking four years longer and get lung cancer four years sooner than those without the …

Do your genes determine your entire life?

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 …

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 …

Science

Let’s stop pretending going to Mars is for mankind

Much scientific discovery is for the betterment, amusement and curiosity of a lucky few in this world. Those without water, meanwhile, are temporarily forgotten<p>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 …