What makes us? Nature or nurture? The DNA debate comes back to life
An extraordinary new documentary about identical triplets who were separated at birth has reignited the debate over the dominance of DNA in controlling our behaviour and the way we live our lives
The making of an opioid epidemic
When high doses of painkillers led to widespread addiction, it was called one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine. But this was no accident.
Plant roots evolved at least twice, and step by step
The discover of a unique rooting anatomy from 407m years ago supports theory roots evolved at least twice, and step by step
Huge risk if global warming exceeds 1.5C, warns landmark UN report
Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC
Contraceptive pill linked with reduced risk of ovarian cancer
Researchers not sure apparent protective effect extends to progestin only products such as mini pill and implants
First known omnivorous shark species identified
60% of the bonnethead shark’s diet is made up of seagrass, which they happily graze upon as well as eating fish, crabs, snails and shrimp
Origin of the species: where did Darwin’s finches come from?
Galápagos finches have been the subject of a plethora of evolutionary studies, but where did the first ones come from?
Darwin comes to town: how cities are creating new species
From the nut-cracking crows of Sendai to ‘Turdus urbanicus’ (the new urban blackbird), animals are changing their behaviour and evolution in cities – and in dramatic and surprising ways
Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics says changing the DNA of a human embryo could be ‘morally permissable’ if it is in the child’s best interests
First confirmed image of a newborn planet revealed
Nascent planet seen carving a path through the disc of gas and dust surrounding the very young star PDS70