Inside the genetic material of living things. Includes DNA, inheritance, genetic conditions and using genetics to prevent and treat disease.
Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago – by the man who cracked the Enigma code, writes Kat Arney.
When Kim Goodsell discovered that she had two extremely rare genetic diseases, she taught herself genetics to help find out why. Ed Yong tells her story.
Not long ago, children with cystic fibrosis were lucky to reach adulthood. They are now likely to live into their 40s and beyond. Penny Sarchet reports.
The startling discovery that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have a genetic mutation that undermines their ability to resist cancer is helping labs worldwide in their search for new treatments for the disease. Sue Armstrong reports.
Craig Venter, multi-millionaire maverick, says he can help you live a better, longer life. Roger Highfield asks how.
Peter Bowes has been on a new diet that claims to guard against disease and slow ageing. Then he met a group with a mutation that lets them eat what they want while enjoying the same protection.
Gaia Vince discovers that analysing the genetics of ancient humans means changing ideas about our evolution.
Biology and mathematics – the practical and the theoretical – can be surprisingly uneasy bedfellows.
Turing patterns may yet explain the shape of biology’s beloved model organism.
People with cystic fibrosis take matters into their own hands by playing an active part in clinical trials.
The diagnosis of cystic fibrosis came double for one family.
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Sue Armstrong meets Pan Pantziarka, whose son George had Li–Fraumeni syndrome and lived with cancer from early childhood.
What is p53 and why is it described as the 'guardian of the genome'? How is p53 linked to cancer? Find out in this video discussion with author Sue Armstrong.
What can we learn from a group of people in Ecuador with a rare genetic mutation that affects their growth, but also makes them less susceptible to age-related diseases like cancer and diabetes?
Could viruses be the key to making gene therapy a reality?
Peter Forbes reports on the potential first treatment for this devastating condition.
Genetic diagnosis is getting ever more sophisticated. But as doctors uncover diseases that are hereditary, who needs to know? Shaun Raviv explores the rights – and duties – of doctors, patients and families.
This reading list accompanies our story on the ethical issues around sharing genetic information.