Is the World Ready for Synthetic People?
Stanford bioengineer Drew Endy doesn’t mind bringing dragons to life. What really scares him are humans. by David Ewing Duncan
The Language of DNA Should Rewrite English, Too
Jargon from the pre-genomics era blinds us to new possibilities.
Blockchains Won’t Fix the Problem with Genomics
If you’ve been waiting to get your genome sequenced, will a virtual token really make you change your mind?
The Human Operating System Gets an Overhaul
Forget editing genes. This guy wants to write brand-new ones. by Steven Kotler
Power to the Patients
Racing against his own genetic disorder, Onno Faber is giving people with rare diseases the tools to make medicine work for them.
Women Finally Get the Fertility Test They Deserve
A trailblazing genetic scan could bring the tools of precision medicine to a woefully understudied field.
NEO.LIFE’s 10 Most Popular Stories in 2017
Maverick scientists, a blissful free diver, and (of course) sex and drugs lit up our top articles of the year.
China Doubles Down on the Double Helix
From sleepless startups to huge sequencing centers, genomics is booming in China. Will other countries get left behind?
Bring on the Post-Human Future
Gregory Stock is ready for cloning, gene editing, and conscious AI. But first he’s trying to get you better health care.
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
Get Paid for Your DNA
The secrets in your genes may be worth even more to researchers than they are to you.