Scientists sequence the genome of world-famous giant tortoise Lonesome George, revealing information about the longevity and size of giant tortoises, and their ability to fight cancer.
What's your poison: strong long black or a delicate oolong? Our inherited ability to taste bitterness could help explain why we prefer one over the other.
Professor John Rasko is a world-leading scientist in IVF and gene therapy — fields that some claim promote "new eugenics". As a descendant of Holocaust survivors, he takes this accusation seriously.
In an Australian first, newborn babies are now being routinely screened for the genetic condition spinal muscular atrophy, and one professor says the impact on families "is going to be profound".
Is bringing long-extinct animals back from the dead a good idea? Some scientists think so, and are trying their hardest to make it happen.
CSIRO scientists uncover a 500-million-year-old gene in the human genome that could lead to new treatments for cancer, influenza and autoimmune diseases.
Gene drives have the potential to eradicate feral mice and malaria. But scientists are treading carefully, warning the radical new science could have unintended consequences.
Conservation groups want cats that only produce male offspring to be released into the wild as a way to save native mammals, such as bilbies and bettongs, that are under attack.