The Audacity of Synthetic Biologists
Sophia Roosth puts big questions to the people who are reviving extinct species and building organisms from scratch.
Peter Thiel’s Investment in a Vaccine Company Isn’t as Shady as People Want to Believe
The strange saga of a dying researcher desperate to cure herpes.
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.
What if Number 2 Makes You Number 1?
Elite athletes have a greater variety of bacteria in their guts than couch potatoes do, raising the prospect of “poop doping.”
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.
It’s Time to Believe in Synthetic Biology
Juan Enriquez bets on the end of undruggable targets, the power of programmable cells, and a machine that cooks up biological material. by David Ewing Duncan
For a Brain-Computer Interface to Work, Are Holograms the Only Hope?
Hardware visionary Mary Lou Jepsen’s next act is to read your mind—no implants required.
Tales of the Neobiological Revolution
Writers, artists, experimenters of all kinds: we’re a platform for your great ideas!
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
The Children You Could Have Produced Instead
Technology will dramatically increase the choices that parents can make about their offspring. But having too many options can be a bad thing. by David Eagleman
This is Your Brain on Weed
Pot is being packaged like fine wines and sold with bold claims about physical and psychological benefits. Does science back up the marketing pitch?
Take Two Placebos and Call Me in the Morning
Sham treatments that work even when you know they’re fakes.