Improvements in DNA analysis are helping us rewrite the past and better grasp what it means to be human.
A promising technique for synthetic biology is fraught with risks.
Scientists are hunting for the genetic basis of suicide and developing suicide DNA tests.
He watched his brother die from a cancer no drug could cure. Now one of the world’s most renowned cancer researchers says it’s time for Plan B.
For $12,000, a company grafts a patient’s cancer into rodents and tests drugs on them.
Take a short, single strand of DNA, zap it with terahertz waves and watch how it vibrates. Voila, a machine that can detect DNA sequences.
The dodo bird has become a metaphor for extinction. A one-meter-tall, pigeonlike, flightless bird native to the island of Mauritius, the dodo died out in the late 1600s because Dutch settlers relied on them for food and brought in alien species that killed the ground-laying bird’s young. In healthcare, what will “go the way of the dodo”?
Efforts to contain Ebola in West Africa suffer from a lack of effective tools to treat and prevent the disease, although several are in development.
The fact that China hasn’t approved any commercial GMO planting since 2009 reflects public fears.
Gene research and Silicon Valley-style computing are starting to merge.