Posts Tagged ‘Biotechnology’

Is there a need to changes rules on gene editing?

Monday, October 21st, 2019

In 2015 some scientists in China performed a series of experiments involving 86 human embryos to see if they could make changes in a gene known as HBB, which causes the sometimes fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia. Their work has been widely condemned by other scientists and watchdog groups, who argue the research is unsafe, premature Read more

3D printing body parts raises ethical questions

Monday, July 29th, 2019
3d printing body parts

Professor Olaf Diegel is a New Zealander who returned this year to take up a new role as head of the Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Auckland. The purpose of the lab – a $10 million joint venture between the University and government – is to get New Zealand industry using 3D Read more

Biotechnology could let us extend convicts’ lives indefinitely

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Sentencing a criminal to 1,000 years in an artificial hell may one day become a reality. At least, that is the claim of scientists at Oxford University who have been exploring controversial technologies that could extend human life. They say billions are being invested in techniques that could mean the cruellest criminals will be kept Read more