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?
Designer Babies Are Here. What’s the Next Edit?
A Chinese scientist engineered kids to resist HIV. Here are other changes that could be on the feature list for Humanity 2.0.
Your Next Rx: Less Testing, Fewer Drugs — and Better Health
Soon, precision medicine could help you avoid expensive, risky procedures that you may not need.
The Next Brain Implant is a Real Live Wire
No more metal: Living electrodes promise safer, better ways to fix injuries and disease and grow new links between man and machine.
The Latest Biotech Growth Market Might be Crap
There’s gold in your gut—and startups are mining it with microbiome science. The biggest hurdle? Stool doesn’t scale.
What Can Hibernation Do for Humans?
Survive massive trauma, lose weight in your sleep, maintain muscle strength in space — all thanks to tricks from sleeping squirrels.
These Genes May Help You Read Your Biological Clock
Newly discovered variants let women predict their fertility — and overall health.
This Scientist-Turned-VC Wants to Extend Life
Since he was a child, James Peyer has been obsessed with stopping aging. Now he has a fund — and a plan.
Medicine Ignored This Insulin Problem. Hackers Solved It.
“I’m just a girl living with type 1 diabetes who got tired of waiting.”
Get In On the Sale of Yourself
After watching medical records get traded for billions of dollars, a tech entrepreneur says he can help you grab a share of the bounty.
The Shocking Thing About the Brain
An electrical-stimulation technology with promising new uses comes from a dark age that still has a lot to teach us.
Check Out This Beating Mini-Heart in a Jar
It’s made out of living human cells. Someday they could be yours.
New Trick in DNA Editing Could Safely Unlock Thousands of Cures
A CRISPR startup rewrites tiny mutations instead of cutting and pasting entire genes.