The Race to Bring Meat Alternatives to Scale

Uma Valeti makes a lot of promises, but one weighs heavier on his mind than others. He’s only got a few years to make good on the pledge he recently made to his daughter. That on the day she graduates high school, he’ll throw a party for her and her friends where they...

How the Measles Virus Induces ‘Immune Amnesia’

In the summer of 1907, a German doctor named Clemens von Pirquet noticed something strange with one of his patients. The five-year-old boy had previously tested positive for tuberculosis. The test involved injecting a tiny bit of TB protein just under the skin. His...

A Netflix Series Explores the Brave New World of Crispr

Perhaps nowhere is this access more arresting than in the show’s third installment, which explores the concept of gene drive—a technique that uses Crispr to “drive” a genetic change through a population at evolutionary warp speed. Its inventor, an MIT engineer named...

Ancestry Branches Out Into Genetic Health Screening

Ancestry has been working with Quest Diagnostics to build out a new lab to handle the sequencing, and the plan is to start returning full exome data—the sequences that code for proteins—to customers next year. Customers that purchase this option will receive results...