ANOTHER YEAR in the books, and with it, we’re putting the lid on a hell of a volume, around here — figuratively and literally. As of this writing in early December, a total of (give or take a few)...
Psychiatric disorders affect 25 percent of the population in any given year. But despite their prevalence, researchers still don’t know what causes many mental health issues, and that can make...
Harvard geneticist George Church’s long list of lofty — but very possibly attainable — goals for the future of DNA research includes resurrecting the wholly mammoth, reversing human aging, and...
In the spring of 2017, a college student named Mary spit into a tube and sent it to the DNA testing company Ancestry, which analyzed it and sent back a breakdown of her family history. But Mary...
In order to help parents care for newborn children with genetic diseases, the U.K. may start offering full genome sequencing to every child born in the country. Health Secretary Matt Hancock sees...
Moonshot Bank of America analysts say that companies focused on immortality and longevity — extending the human lifespan as much as possible — are going to grow in coming years, with the market...
Step Aside When people talk about the gene-editing tool CRISPR, they usually mean CRISPR-Cas9. But Cas9 is just one of several CRISPR-associated proteins. A few others are Cas12a, CasY, and CasX....
Designer Babies A do-it-yourself biohacker named Bryan Bishop says that he’s working on technology that will gene-hack babies to make them “grow muscle without weightlifting” and live more than a...
Seeing Value Your health data might be worth more than you think. In July, home DNA testing company 23andMe earned itself $300 million for agreeing to sell customers’ health data to a...
Challenge Accepted There’s no time to waste when you’re in the business of saving lives. In 2012, the U.K.’s then-Prime Minister David Cameron launched the 100,000 Genomes Project, an initiative...