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.
30 Great Gifts for Biologically Inspired People
Featuring cactus shoes, custom probiotics, never-ending glow sticks, and more.
Let Your Gut Be Your Guide
The Zoe dietary app zeroes in on timing and food combinations to maximize wellness.
Sniffing Out Diseases
A telltale COVID-19 symptom underscores the scientific significance of smell—for both patients and practitioners.
Personalized Health Advice Every 60 Seconds
How I hacked my diet using a continuous blood-glucose monitor.
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.
The FDA Banned These Chemicals — and They’re Still Everywhere
Antibacterial compounds are no longer in your hand soap, but they’re in your floors, your walls, and in your body. by Maryn McKenna
Machine Learning Illuminates the Body’s Dark Matter
A startup finds patterns that experts in personalized medicine say they couldn’t see before.
The Bugs that Give Wine Its Flavor
Can sequencing a vineyard’s microbiome make it possible to reverse engineer a fine wine?
So Should I Eat Apples, or Not?
Two different microbiome tests give me conflicting dietary advice. Only one lets me verify the science behind it.
When a Double-Chocolate Brownie is Better for You Than Quinoa
A $299 microbiome test from DayTwo turns up some counterintuitive dietary advice.
Brain Disorders May Start in the Gut — So Let’s Treat Them There
Dogfish sharks produce a remarkable antibacterial compound that might halt symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.