Rewriting Life

Reprogramming our bodies to make us healthier.

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China’s CRISPR twins might have had their brains inadvertently enhanced

New research suggests that a controversial gene-editing experiment to make children resistant to HIV may also have enhanced their ability to learn and form memories.

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In China, some parents seek an edge with genetic testing for tots

Questionable DNA “talent” tests find a market in up-and-coming Shenzhen.

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What if you could diagnose diseases with a tampon?

Women’s health care is often treated as all about reproduction. Some “femtech” startups are exploring the innovations that get overlooked as a result.

Photo of test tubes, one holding a tampon
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We should gene-sequence cave paintings to find out more about who made them

Standard archeological techniques can’t determine whether the prehistoric artists were hunter-gatherers or farmers. Analyzing the paintings’ surfaces with techniques from biology offers much more information about how they worked and when they lived.

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