Rethinking the Biology-as-Machine Metaphor
As the line between nature and technology blurs, we need new ways to describe how the body works.
How Did HIV/AIDS Prepare Us for COVID-19?
Forty years after a 1981 report hinted at the coming HIV/AIDS pandemic, we look at how the response to global public health threats has changed.
Misinformation is a Public Health Crisis—So Let’s Treat it That Way
The fast transmission of bad information is dangerous. A new approach employs “infodemiologists” to fight outbreaks.
The Sex, Lies, and Videotape of Cancer Cells
Cells we were taught to ignore have been caught on tape doing the unthinkable.
The Future of Chronic Pain
For the millions of people suffering with daily physical pain, nerve stimulation and gene editing offer new hope beyond addictive opioids.
Telehealth Grew Dramatically During the Pandemic. Now Let’s Look at the Fraud.
COVID-19 caused a huge spike in demand for telehealth services, but it opened the door for bad actors as well.
Lost Your Sense of Smell Due to COVID-19? Here’s What to Do
Smell training is helping those with coronavirus-related anosmia restore this vital sense.
Alarm Fatigue in the ICU—A Huge Problem Made Worse by COVID-19
Can AI revolutionize the growing, billion-dollar global market for clinical alarm management in hospitals—and help save lives?
AI Breathes New Life into Old Drugs
Deep learning uncovers the potential of existing medications to target different diseases.
Is Your DNA Data Safe in Blackstone’s Hands?
The Wall Street giant’s big bet on Ancestry.com drives home the financial realities facing the consumer genomic revolution.
Hacking the Skin Microbiome to Fool Mosquitos and Prevent Malaria
Long-lasting, bacteria-based repellent is the goal of DARPA project aiming to protect U.S. soldiers overseas.
To Boldly Go Where No Pharma Has Gone Before
Astropharmacies could grow drugs on demand for future space travelers.
Predictions for 2021: Welcome to the New Uncertainty
This could be a “hinge year” in history: the opportunity to grasp a new and improved future for ourselves, our children, and our planet—or not.