Will gene editing increase inequality?

A Chinese scientist claims to have created the world’s first genome-edited babies, but won't this cause more inequality in society? Until now trials in gene editing have targeted genetic disorders, but science commentator Anjana Ahuja believes the emphasis will now move to genetic enhancement. She says the rich will benefit most and we’ve barely begun to consider the consequences.

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Deep-sea mining: vital resource or environmental disaster?

Surging demand for the metals used in electric car batteries is setting off a race to mine the deep seas. As the FT’s Henry Sanderson explains, the sea floor could contain more nickel, cobalt and rare earth metals than all land-based reserves combined. Miners say it may diversify supply, but environmentalists fear mining will do irreparable damage.

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