Illustration of a person's back, as they are being arrested. The person's left arm is firmly grabbed by another. The handcuffs link the two hands by a DNA double helix.

The Democratic Party has long gained political capital and much of its identity by holding itself out as a champion...

Human genome project

Ten years ago this month, we were definitively told that race is scientifically invalid, supposedly ending centuries of debate over...

President Obama may have given credence to a relatively new but questionable law enforcement practice that the rest of the...

A finger points to a projected screen of a DNA sequence.

Since the times of Galileo and as recently as climate change researchers’ battles with the Bush administration, scientists have defended...

Jesse Gelsinger poses flexing his arms, in front of Rocky Balboa statue that also has hands in the air with boxing gloves.

Last month marked the tenth anniversary of Jesse Gelsinger's death. While perhaps not quite a household name, Gelsinger is vividly...

Cartoon which accompanied this article in New Scientist (Image: Andrzeg Krause). A scientist holds  containers, with darkened figures in its contents.

As the 20th-century world recoiled from the horrors of Nazi Germany and the eugenics movement, we learned how economic, political...