Scientists have failed to expressed the urgency of species loss in the way they have for climate change, says UCL’s professor of biodiversity and ecosystems Dame Georgina Mace.
Everyone is talking about new gene editing tools such as CRISPR-Cas9, which have made it easy and cheap to tweak the genomes of anything from microorganisms to man. But how the hell do you ‘edit’ a genome?
One of the most compelling interviews I’ve ever done. Read More »
August 2015 // A short comment piece on the scientists looking to resurrect a woolly mammoth by cloning ancient DNA. Read More »
I’ve conducted a spate of interviews with the big-wigs of UK science recently, including the Royal Society’s president Sir Paul Nurse, the Government’s chief scientific advisor Sir Mark Walport, and science minister Greg Clark (a few weeks before he was moved on to something else by the PM).Read More »
With the help of Think Publishing I produced this guide to biology careers for the Royal Society of Biology. The booklet is a collection of articles and ‘day in the life’ style interviews I have done with scientists in various fields.
October 2014 //
Whether it’s to relieve stress, reduce pain or fight addiction, ‘mindfulness’ meditation is gaining in popularity. Tom Ireland speaks to researchers studying its effect on the brain
The Biologist, June 2014 //
Tom Ireland explores the world of ‘DIY biology’ – where interested amateurs are conducting surprisingly complex experiments, including genetic engineering.
The Biologist, June 2013 //
Professor Bruce Hood tells Tom Ireland how the kilogramme of neurons in our head creates an illusion of identity and consciousness.
The Biologist, March 2014 //
Tom Ireland reports on whether fuel made from algae could ever replace oil
Could algae save the planet? That’s right, algae. The green stuff that clogs up your pond and rots in giant heaps on the beach. This extremely diverse group of simple, autotrophic organisms is the focus of efforts to develop a green energy source to replace oil.Read More »