The gene-editing technology known as CRISPR has spawned an increasingly unseemly brawl over who will reap the rewards
A new seafloor microscope is revealing life-and-death battles between hair-thin creatures
Synthetic biologists are close to putting living cells to work diagnosing human diseases and repairing environmental damage
India's Project Wild Seve allows people who have suffered crop or livestock loss from wild animals to streamline the compensation process, thus helping both farmers and wildlife.
Mitochondrial disease can somehow creep back in, even if a mother’s mitochondria are virtually eliminated in an attempt to block inherited illnesses
The softening of the U.S. Embargo against Cuba is offering a closer look at flora and fauna found nowhere else
David Biello's new book is The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age.
Scientists are on the threshold of crossing a sharp ethical line: permanently altering the human genetic code
A modified bacterial enzyme is taught to make bonds that evolution avoids
A low-fiber diet causes fiber-eating microbes to dwindle, opening up real estate for mucus munchers that make the intestine more vulnerable to infection. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The loss of forests worldwide appears to interact synergistically to produce unpredictable effects on the global climate. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Project to sequence the DNA of more than 1,000 species seeks to reveal how bats learn to communicate
DARPA researchers are developing responses for accidental or malicious “genetic spills”
The male and female responses to stress are biologically different. What does that mean for treating PTSD, depression and other disorders?
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins talks about the future of the NIH in light of the election.
Researchers worry about misinforming people about the risk of disease
Change to immune-system genes in indigenous Canadians linked to epidemic introduced by Europeans
The move by Chinese scientists could spark a biomedical duel between China and the U.S.
A strain that emerged during the latest epidemic is able to enter human cells more easily—which means it’s more infectious, too. Christopher Intagliata reports.