Biotechnology is the industry that uses the molecules of life (DNA, RNA, and proteins mostly) to treat and diagnose disease. We report on the latest biomedical science and technological research.


Doctors have put human livers in suspended animation

Supercooling organs could save the lives of people on transplant waiting lists.

photo of a human liver during machine perfusion while it is being preconditioned with protective agents for supercooled storage

Gene-edited cattle have a major screwup in their DNA

Bid for barnyard revolution is set back after regulators find celebrity “hornless” bovines contaminated by bacterial genes.

A cow and her heifer

The next trick for CRISPR is gene-editing pain away

A family of street performers could walk on coals. Here’s how the secret of why they felt no pain could benefit others.


The anti-aging drug that’s just around the corner

We will soon learn if a much-hyped, rapamycin-like drug can boost the immune response by targeting how the body ages.

Joan B. Mannick
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