Science made astonishing progress. It was also hijacked by those with an axe to grind | Laura Spinney

Attacks and scepticism are on the rise, even as leaps are made in fields such as gene editing, AI, and space, says science writer Laura Spinney The 2010s were the decade in which we were reminded that science is just a method, like the rhythm method. And just like the rhythm method, it can be more or less rigorously applied, sabotaged, overrated, underrated and ignored. If you dont treat it with respect, you may not get the optimal result, but thats not the methods fault. That may be where the similarities end, because when its done well, science is very effective, and this decade furnished its fair share of breakthroughs to make us gasp. Physicists detected phenomena that were predicted …

China gene-edited baby experiment ‘may have created unintended mutations’

He Jiankuis original research, published for the first time, could have failed, scientists say The gene editing performed on Chinese twins to immunise them against HIV may have failed and created unintended mutations, scientists have said after the original research was made public for the first time. Excerpts from the manuscript were sent shockwaves through the scientific world. He made expansive claims of a medical breakthrough that could control the HIV epidemic, but it was not clear whether it had even been successful in its intended purpose immunising the babies against the virus because the team did not in fact reproduce the gene mutation that confers this resistance. A small percentage of people are born with immunity because of a …