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Debate on whether we should use gene-editing technology is far from black and white

The real question is not whether gene editing should be allowed or banned, but how it should be regulated. shutterstock

Arguments in favour of embracing gene editing focus on how it can deliver cheap tre


Originally published in The Conversation.

New dwarfism drug shows how innovation can be done well

A new treatment for achondroplasia is helping to transform many kids' lives. Author provided

Sara was born on a rainy Sunday, the first child to her adoring and overwhelmed parents. Her mother’s pregnancy had been uneventful, and all their antenatal tests normal.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Anglers have helped detect a shift in the habitat of black marlin

Catching black marlin is big business on Australia's east coast. Authors, Author provided

We know that climate change is driving The Conversation.

Why we can trust scientists with the power of new gene-editing technology

Gene editing allows us to eliminate any misspellings, introduce beneficial natural variants, or perhaps cut out or insert new genes.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia needs an innovation 'skunkworks'

John Howland and Dr Mark Bilandzic, winners of the Digital Media mashup award in the Libraryhack 2011 at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Libraryhack, Author provided

Malcolm Turnbull has been heralded as the new “The Conversation.

Gene editing in embryos is fraught with scientific and ethical issues

Genetic changes to embryos will not only affect the person that embryo becomes but also all their descendants. anna gutermuth/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Recent technological advances have rev


Originally published in The Conversation.

What will the NBN really cost?

The cost of the NBN depends on the mix of technologies used. David Crosling/AAP

Cost is a central issue in the ongoing debate about the best approach to building Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).


Originally published in The Conversation.

Einstein's folly: how the search for a unified theory stumped him to his dying day

Albert Einstein wrestled with unifying gravity with electromagnetism and quantum mechanics until his dying days. Oren Jack Turner/Wikimedia Commons

This month marks exactly The Conversation.