6 Amazing Things to Watch in Synthetic Biology
Teleported molecules, custom genomes, and other innovations that will deliver on the technology’s biggest promises.
Why We Loved “Orphan Black”
A thriller about cloning, gene editing, and bioengineering is the perfect show for our times.
The Radical Idea of Avoiding Sickness
Leroy Hood, pioneer of systems biology, is trying to upend medicine with a service that tests everything about you. by David Ewing Duncan
What Are Your Genes Telling You to Eat?
Companies are using your DNA to customize a diet plan. If it works, it might not be for the reasons advertised.
Get Paid for Your DNA
The secrets in your genes may be worth even more to researchers than they are to you.
If Your Doctors Can’t Cure Your Cancer, Maybe You Can
Hit with a rare disease, Onno Faber formed a startup to hack it — and he’s taking on conventional medicine in the process.
The Plot Thickens in the Gnarly Story of IQ and Genetics
Researchers are finding new links between specific genes and intelligence. Can we use this knowledge to make people smarter?
What Keeps a CRISPR Creator Up at Night
Gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna’s new book reveals her dreams and nightmares about what she has unleashed. by David Ewing Duncan
The Gadget that Makes DNA Sequencing Child’s Play
The MinION cracks open biotech to the masses the way the PC democratized computing. What will we do with this newfound power?
This Artist Saw the Neobiological Future Before Any of Us
Lynn Hershman Leeson has spent 40 years grappling with cyborgs, genetically modified organisms, and AI.
A Genetic Algorithm Revealed My Possible Babies
Seeing a thousand of my potential progeny gave me a glimpse of new things that future parents will stress over
Anorexia may originate in your gut and your DNA, not in fashion magazines. by Christina Farr
The Deepest Free Diver of Them All
Facing troubling news in his DNA, William Trubridge displays a competitive advantage not found in his genome: equanimity. Final chapter in a three-part series