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Yes, we have to live with Covid – but not with such irresponsible ministers | Philip Ball
The government sees no need for precautions. Given the sheer numbers of infected people, that’s irresponsible and encourages complacency, says science writer Philip Ball

Philip Ball

20, Oct, 2021 @4:47 PM

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Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?
The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it ‘techno-eugenics’?

Philip Ball

17, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Hot Air by Peter Stott review – the battle against climate change denial
A personal account of one climate scientist’s struggle to promote facts in the face of contrarian prejudice

Philip Ball

09, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The big idea: should scientists run the country?
Covid has put academics like Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance at the heart of government, but smart politicians are essential too

Philip Ball

27, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Xi Jinping should take the Zhengzhou floods as a warning from China’s history | Philip Ball
The country’s perilous waters have made or broken past leaders. The climate crisis will only make things worse, says science writer Philip Ball

Philip Ball

23, Jul, 2021 @4:00 PM

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The new wave of gravitational waves
Ripples in spacetime caused by the collision of black holes were first detected in 2015. Now astrophysicists are looking for the waves created by the big bang itself

Philip Ball

27, Jun, 2021 @10:00 AM

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20 years after the human genome was first sequenced, dangerous gene myths abound | Philip Ball
Misleading rhetoric has fuelled the belief that our genetic code is an ‘instruction book’ – but it’s far more interesting than that, says science writer Philip Ball

Philip Ball

09, Jun, 2021 @10:43 AM

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Mixed messages: is research into human-monkey embryos ethical?
Biologists recently created a chimera with both human and monkey cells. But not all scientists are happy to blur species boundaries

Philip Ball

15, May, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Don’t wait for government – UK scientists should conduct a Covid inquiry, now | Philip Ball
Johnson promises an inquiry, but our scientific community could provide more honest answers, says science writer Philip Ball

Philip Ball

13, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Don't be fooled: Covid won't be cured by a panacea | Philip Ball
‘Cure-alls’ such as vitamin D and ivermectin seem appealing. But the truth is, specific diseases demand specific medicines, says science writer Philip Ball

Philip Ball

26, Mar, 2021 @10:59 AM

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After the Nobel, what next for Crispr gene-editing therapies?
Hailed as the ‘molecular scissors’ that will allow us to rewrite our genes, the DNA tool is being trialled in treatments for everything from sickle-cell anaemia to cancer

Philip Ball

21, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Sir John Meurig Thomas obituary
World-renowned chemist with a flair for communicating science to a wider audience

Philip Ball

27, Nov, 2020 @6:06 PM

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