Interview with DIY gene-editing maverick Josiah Zayner for The Guardian


I interviewed biohacker Josiah Zayner, who recently became one of the first people in the world to conduct DIY gene therapy on himself. Our wide-ranging conversation covered lots of ground, from his own bedroom experiments with poo, to the problems with clinical trials, to humans with tails and the future of us as a species. Read More »


My guide to CRISPR-Cas9 (The Biologist)

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?  Advertisements


The Origin of Life in Ten Minutes (BBC Focus)

Another tricky commission from monthly science mag BBC Focus: explain how all life started on Earth. Or, how chemistry somehow turned into biology, around 4bn years ago. Part of their ‘Understand…in ten minutes‘ series.

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DNA in ten minutes (BBC Focus)

August 2015 //  I was recently given the challenge of explaining DNA in its entirety “in ten minutes” for BBC Focus magazine. Read More »


Should we resurrect the woolly mammoth? (The Biologist)

August 2015 // A short comment piece on the scientists looking to resurrect a woolly mammoth by cloning ancient DNA.  Read More »