Scientists have created an organism that defies the rules of biology by using nonstandard amino acids. And you probably have some questions.
Building a Better Microbiome
Stephanie Culler is using genetically engineered, synthetic probiotics to overhaul treatments for a host of ailments.
Gene Therapies for Eternal Youth
Longevity startups are riding high as a wave of gene therapies advance through clinical trials. Can they actually turn back the clock?
CRISPR Crops Are Here
Foods genetically edited using CRISPR technology are beginning to hit store shelves. How are they different from GMOs?
Human Organs Age at Different Rates
Organ-specific biological clocks are the latest tool for predicting and treating both chronic disease and overall aging.
Prenatal Screening for Autism is an Ethical Dilemma
Autism is highly heritable—but is it a disease? Should it be cured? Could screening for it lead to eugenics? We explore the complicated landscape.
Squirrels Survive When Humans Would Die
Fauna Bio mines squirrel genomes for clues to developing new drugs for humans.
Could Gene-Edited Hens Stop the Great Chicken Massacre?
Researchers have designed a light-activated genetic kill switch to prevent male chicks from hatching, since they have no economic value.
The Lure of Self Experimentation
These innovators are using their own bodies to build evidence for their hypotheses.