How to Turn Science Fiction into Science Fact
George Church and Ramez Naam on the limitations of evolution, the power of matchmaking, and why we should send single-cell computers into deep space.
Scientists have created an organism that defies the rules of biology by using nonstandard amino acids. And you probably have some questions.
Inside the Race to Build Life From Scratch
Synthetic biologists aim to transform the world with manmade organisms. What will it take to get there?
China Doubles Down on the Double Helix
From sleepless startups to huge sequencing centers, genomics is booming in China. Will other countries get left behind?
The Human Operating System Gets an Overhaul
Forget editing genes. This guy wants to write brand-new ones.
This Anti-Aging Injection Might Actually Work
Stem cells are overhyped as a cure for everything. But they’re finally showing promise in making elderly people stronger.
The Dawn of Cheap and Easy DNA Writing
These startups are developing new ways to reprogram biology by producing custom genes from scratch.