Science

CRISPR’s Unknown Cousin—The Promising Genetic Boost

Radical gene-editing technology CRISPR is in the news and rightly celebrated, but another form of genetic manipulation, known as "boosting," may reshape how we face a wide range of conditions. It shows dramatic promise for treating genetic diseases like hemophilia B and sickle cell disease, but could ultimately even help combat aging itself.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Science

Funding Cuts—Even Threatened Ones—Wreak Havoc on Biomedical Science

The United States faces a biomedical funding crisis. The Trump administration has proposed budget cuts that would slash scientific research. Though Congress hasn't yet gone along, the fears that the process has generated are already causing tangible harm in the scientific community. Concern about cuts is stalling progress on drug discovery and other healthcare innovations.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights Science

Believe the Neuralink Hype—It’s Important for Technological Innovation

Elon Musk’s latest venture, the recently-launched startup Neuralink, aims to merge mind and machine using brain-computer interface technology. Some commentators are dismissing its vision as pure hype. But buzz matters—we need such hype for radical tech innovation.   More

Learning Science

Genetic Research That Helps Individuals Too

Preventing genetic diseases may sound like a dream. While ethical and regulatory challenges still remain within our system, companies like Color can provide responsible, compliant access to preventive genetic information for individuals to take action for their health future.   More

Healthcare Science

How Genomics Can Improve Cancer Care (at Techonomy Health)

Cancer kills millions every year. Advances in genomics and related technologies hold enormous potential for prevention and treatment, but researchers need more data. A Techonomy Health session tackled challenges in our current system, and the case for allowing researchers access to our genomes.   More

Government Science

Why I’m Marching for Science on Saturday

This weekend, people in over 500 cities around the world will join the first March for Science. I’ve been in life science for nearly 20 years and have never seen anything like this. Of course I’ve also never had such an urgent sense that it is necessary. From the medications you take to the synthetic fibers in your wrinkle-free clothes, science is already supporting you. Let’s return the favor.   More

Government Healthcare Science

Act Now or Forfeit Privacy for Genetic Data

A new bill making its way through the House of Representatives would allow employers to require genetic testing for employees. It would be a massive setback, stripping Americans of genetic nondiscrimination protections that took years to put in place. If you value your right to privacy, contact your Congressperson.   More