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0120190523

We’ve been intensively studying the evolution of the face for decades, to work out why we look the way we do, and how much of our looks reflects adaptations that enhanced our survival, and how much is just stuff that happened. Adam talks to Paul O’Higgins from York University, one of the authors a big new review of the evolutionary face.

Adam Rutherford reports on the latest research into the human face.

Adam Rutherford gets behind the headlines to explain current research in simple terms.

0220190524

Adam Rutherford explores the science behind the key issues that we face today.

Adam Rutherford gets behind the headlines to explain current research in simple terms.

0320190520

Adam Rutherford explores the science behind the key issues that we face today.

When the news broke last December that Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui had successfully edited the genomes of twin girls using the technique known as CRISPR-Cas9, scientists and the public were rightly outraged that such a procedure had taken place. Jiankui is currently being investigated by Chinese authorities for breaking legal and ethical guidelines on human genome editing. There have been calls for a global moratorium on gene editing in the clinic. Yet rules are already in place that should stop this happening. Dr Helen O’Neill, a Lecturer in Reproductive and Molecular Genetics at UCL and BBC Science Correspondent James Gallagher explain to Adam Rutherford what the gene editing technique involves and what the current rules are, and they debate whether we need a ‘voluntary moratorium’.

Ethics of gene editing in the womb

Adam Rutherford gets behind the headlines to explain current research in simple terms.

0420190522

Adam Rutherford explores the science behind the key issues that we face today.

One of those current issues is sex and, gender in sport. Adam talks to leading scientists who study the role of sex hormones. These include Gerard Conway, Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at the Institute for Women’s Health at University College London, who explains the latest research on testosterone and its putative effect on athletic performance.

The role of testosterone on athletic performance

Adam Rutherford gets behind the headlines to explain current research in simple terms.