New technologies and biological insights are providing unprecedented ways of improving our health.

Novel therapeutics

It Costs $30 to Make a DIY EpiPen, and Here’s the Proof

The medical maker collective Four Thieves Vinegar made an “EpiPencil” for a tiny fraction of what the EpiPen manufacturer Mylan charges.

Genomic medicine

17 and Going Blind: The High Stakes of Getting into a Gene Therapy Trial

For patients with some inherited diseases, a chance to test an experimental treatment can offer the only hope.


First 3-D Map of a Fruit Fly’s Brain Network

Mapping the 3-D network structure of a fly’s brain is a major step forward. But it took 1,700 person-hours to complete, meaning that human labor will be a significant bottleneck for future advances.

Synthetic biology

Startup’s Artificial DNA Could Revolutionize Drug Design

Company pursues breakthrough medicines with proteins unlike any seen in nature.

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