Inside the Race to Build Life From Scratch
Synthetic biologists aim to transform the world with manmade organisms. What will it take to get there?
The Dream Machine for Customizing Biology is Almost Here
Protein designers are preparing for quantum computers to point the way to new cures and green materials.
Is the World Ready for Synthetic People?
Stanford bioengineer Drew Endy doesn’t mind bringing dragons to life. What really scares him are humans.
5 Films About the Neobiological Revolution to Put in Your Queue
Get inspired by documentaries on food, human performance, and more.
I Study the Female Brain. Here’s What “The Female Brain” Gets Wrong.
Researching orgasms gives this reviewer some perspective on the new comedy by Whitney Cummings.
The Genius of Our Lizard Brain
Emotions don’t get in the way of rational thought, says Antonio Damasio. They make it possible.
The Human Operating System Gets an Overhaul
Forget editing genes. This guy wants to write brand-new ones.
Will a $5,000 Checkup Save Your Life?
Craig Venter is betting that something is lurking in your body and you’d better address it now.
The End of Hangovers
Leave it to the Brits to invent a synthetic alcohol that gets you properly pickled and doesn’t make you feel poisoned.
The Life Extension Death Match
Nobel laureates and billionaires fight to sell you what they hope is a longevity pill.