- Jan 6 20173 minutes
Searching For A Vaccine For The Plague
The scourge of the Middle Ages survives
- Jan 13 20172 minutes
A Woman Was Killed By A Superbug Resistant To All 26 American Antibiotics
Yesterday morning, I published a story about the silent spread of resistance against the antibiotic of last resort, colistin—a major step toward the emergence of a superbug resistant to all antibiotics. While reporting this story, I interviewed Alex
- Nov 27 20161 minute
Bumbling Is Good For The Brain
JIHAN THOMPSON NEURONAL CONNECTIONS ARE created in the brain when you attempt something new. Plenty of research indicates this, including a 2010 study in The Journal of Neuroscience that found that even after just two sessions of practicing a new ta
- Jul 4 201613 minutes
Life, the Remix
A new technique that lets scientists edit DNA with ease is transforming science—and raising difficult questions
- Jun 1 20161 minute
To Catch a Killer
MOST HIV TESTS don’t actually check for the virus that causes AIDS. Rather, assays search blood samples for antibodies that humans produce to fight the pathogen. Particularly in the early phases of infection, the immune system may not respond strongl
- Jan 1 20175 minutes
The Double Bind
Genetics company Helix wants to create a world of products just for you. All it needs is your DNA.
- Jan 12 20173 minutes
Resistance To The Antibiotic Of Last Resort Is Silently Spreading
Just over a year after they were discovered in China, bacteria that can fend off colistin are being found all across the world.
- Dec 2 20162 minutes
Dust Dna Reveals All The Bugs In American Homes
Researchers detected DNA from more than 600 different types of arthropods (insects and spiders) as well as material from lobsters.
- Dec 15 20163 minutes
When An Animal's Sex Is Set By A Microbe
DNA from a bacterium called Wolbachia seems to control whether pillbugs are male or female.
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Blood Testing Is Booming
COMPANIES ARE BETTING A “LIQUID BIOPSY” CAN CHANGE CANCER TESTING.
- Dec 1 20161 minute
Cells Of Steel
WATCHING MATT DAMON play a stranded astronaut in The Martian, moviegoers might assume they’re learning exactly how to survive on Mars. Simply pop up a greenhouse, fertilize the sandy soil with excrement, and behold a thriving crop of potato plants th
- Oct 3 20163 minutes
The Flu Shot’s Chicken-And-Egg Problem
Drugmakers experiment with different vaccine culture sources | “That’s critical in case of a pandemic, which spreads rapidly”
- Jul 1 20162 minutes
The Riddle of the Wall in the Brain
THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER HAS LONG STYMIED DRUG DEVELOPMENT FOR BRAIN DISORDERS. RESEARCHERS HAVE FINALLY BEGUN TO BREAK THROUGH IT.
- Dec 6 20167 minutes
How The Crispr Patent Dispute Became So Heated
In the 1970s, a new push to patent scientific research kicked off a DNA-editing gold rush.
- Dec 8 20163 minutes
Giraffes Edge Closer To Extinction
An elegy for one of evolution’s marvels
- Oct 16 20162 minutes
Gay Rights Happened Slowly; Trans Rights, All at Once
ON JANUARY 20, 2015, President Obama said the word transgender in his State of the Union address. It was only a word—but given that Ronald Reagan refused even to say the word aids publicly until 1985 because he was so disgusted by sexual diversity, t
- Jan 11 20174 minutes
Mapping The Microorganisms Behind Hospital-Borne Infections
A new project could help protect patients by showing how microbes move throughout hospitals.
- Jan 1 20171 minute
Consumer genomics could change the way we approach everything from exercise to skin care. Here are some of the applications that researchers are exploring: SPORTS Certain genes are associated with endurance and strength, which could signal what spo
- Dec 15 20163 minutes
One Patient, Two Cancer Dna Tests, Two Different Results
What happens when cutting-edge medicine offers up conflicting answers?
- Dec 12 20165 minutes
Can Singing Mice Reveal The Roots Of Human Speech?
Long considered an oddity, mouse songs are now being used by researchers to explore the basics of vocal communication.
- Oct 28 20164 minutes
How Zika Could Make Its Way North
Some evidence suggests the Zika virus can hitch a ride on other mosquitoes.
- Aug 22 20167 minutes
Pandora’s Baby: The New Science of Predicting Your Child
I HAVE TWO CHILDREN. AT THE MOMENT, ALL I KNOW ABOUT their genes is that they both have 46 chromosomes, and one is XY and one is XX. I try to treat them equally, to assume equal potential. But what if I knew my daughter carried a “smart” gene and my
- Oct 17 20161 minute
There Are New Risk Factors to Know About
A DISEASE AS COMPLEX AS BREAST CANCER can result from a combination of factors, both genetic and lifestyle. Everything from the DNA you were born with to the changes in your genes that come from things like smoking, how much you exercise, your radiat
- Dec 9 20162 minutes
Pesticides Aren’t The Best Way To Fight Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes
Chemical spraying is less sustainable than other mosquito-fighting methods, and may give people a false sense of security.
- Dec 15 20163 minutes
Solving The Mystery Of Uncombable Hair
Scientists are looking at the genetic profiles of families with a history of a rare syndrome that affects follicle structure.
- Oct 1 20161 minute
Do You Have Any Tigers to Declare?
LAST YEAR, 1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa, up from just 13 in 2007. This slaughter fuels a booming black market for animal products: In 2014, the United Nations estimated the illegal wildlife trade to be worth between $50 billion and $150
- Jun 6 20163 minutes
Why Uncle Sam Wants To Know How Many Lgbt People Are In America
FOR CENTURIES, BEING LESBIAN, gay, bisexual or transgender in America meant hiding at least part of who you were. The stigma traces as far back as the colonial era, when sodomy was a capital crime. The culture has shifted over time, and recent decade
- Aug 1 20161 minute
Q Are We Likely to See a Cure in Your Lifetime?
PETER: Well, it depends on what you mean by cure. There are actually two categories. Most of us think in the terms of what’s called a sterilizing cure, something that would get HIV completely removed from a person. But HIV is a retrovirus, which gene
- Oct 10 201615 minutes
EVEN IN THE AGE OF ZIKA, THE PEOPLE OF KEY WEST WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH OXITEC’S GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Alice Park Big science doesn’t always happen with a eureka! revelation. As Feng Zhang, 34, will tell you, the most life-altering technologies often have the least remarkable provenance. China-born Zhang, now a U.S. citizen, first heard about how ce