Merlin Crossley


One simple story about butterflies illustrates the complexity of ecosystems and the importance of research in preserving biodiversity, writes Merlin Crossley.


Gene editing is a game changing technology, and the fact a summit of experts is already discussing its ethical and governance issues is a strong sign it will be used responsibly, writes Merlin Crossley.


You can’t have an innovative nation without investing in science, writes Merlin Crossley.


Try omitting the word 'strategic' from your vocabulary – you might find nothing really changes, writes Merlin Crossley.

children science

What do we need to do to get more young people interested in science, asks Merlin Crossley.

Michelle Simmons and Bent Webber

A person-not-project approach to research funding should be given serious consideration, writes Merlin Crossley.

numbers, metrics

Metrics in higher education help provide opportunities, install meritocracies and break through entrenched social elites, writes Merlin Crossley.

Scientists in the lab

Should Australia invest in more or fewer fellowships, and should they be for junior or senior researchers, asks Merlin Crossley.


The ability to edit the genome using new DNA-cutting tools is heralding a new age of genetic engineering, writes Merlin Crossley.


In a world-first advance, Professor Merlin Crossley and his team have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells increases their production of oxygen-carrying haemoglobin.