How would you like your baby designed?

Imagine a world where you are asked such questions when you plan to have a baby. Would you like blue eyes? Dark hair? High IQ? A future Michael Jordan or Pablo Picasso? Sounds like a version of the Brave New World? It isn’t. Scientists are technologically on their way to play with the human genome…

Like father, like son: What is special about being male?

We never bought gender-specific toys for our son until he started asking for cars. At 19 months he discovered his grandfather’s car (we don’t own one) and he was fascinated. He is two now and he’s in love with things that have wheels; cars, diggers, motorbikes, trucks, trains etc., but he never wanted to play…

My son has high fever! What’s going on in his body?

Last week my son had a flu-like thing with high fever, runny nose, and a bad cough. For me, 6 nights of 39°C+ temperature means lots of sleepless hours and more work because of a very grumpy toddler who refuses to have his syrup, his nose cleaned, his food and even most of the entertainment…

Would you store stem cells of your baby at birth?

I was recently asked for a moment in my life that blew me away. Well, other than childbirth. I remembered the day I first saw nerve cells under my microscope. These were the cells that, after several rounds of trial & fail, I had finally managed to obtain from my start-up embryonic stem cells. This…

Mum, why do I have blue eyes?

My son may ask this question to me one day because both of his parents have brown eyes and none of his grandparents have blue eyes. Well, the answer still lies in his genes. Let me use the opportunity to explain what genes are. Imagine a long strip of random letters and while you are…