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.


China’s CRISPR babies could face earlier death

A genetic mutation that protects against HIV leads to a shorter life span, researchers find.

He Jiankui

Cancer? This researcher says he can see it in your blood

Another large-scale effort is under way to develop a doctor’s-office test to find cancer in people with no symptoms.

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Gene therapy may have its first blockbuster

Novartis will sell the world’s most expensive drug, a treatment called Zolgensma to treat spinal muscular atrophy.

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Celebrity biohacker Josiah Zayner is under investigation for practicing medicine without a license

He taunted the health authorities. Now he stands accused of pretending to be one.

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