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Watch This Guy Inject Himself With an Untested Herpes 'Cure'

Watch This Guy Inject Himself With an Untested Herpes 'Cure'

Last Sunday at the BodyHacking Con in Austin, Aaron Traywick joined the rarefied ranks of those who have experimented on themselves in the name of science. Only Traywick is not a scientist—he is the
Genetic engineering innovation makes plants more efficient at using water

Genetic engineering innovation makes plants more efficient at using water

Using genetic engineering, researchers have been able to improve the efficiency of how crops use water by 25 percent -- without compromising their yield. The results could be transformative. The post
These Glowing, Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Could Fight Malaria Instead of Spreading It

These Glowing, Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Could Fight Malaria Instead of Spreading It

Genetic engineering, researchers hope, will fight disease both by altering the genes of people and by changing the genes of critters known to pass diseases on to us.Read more...
Do you want to live forever? 6 ways tech could extend your life

Do you want to live forever? 6 ways tech could extend your life

Who says that death has to remain a reality? Here are six ways that technology could extend your lifespan -- anywhere from a few decades to, well, the end of life as humankind knows it. The post Do
Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

A fossil of a cockroach dating to the Cretaceous period, about 145 to 65 million years ago. Insects took to the skies much earlier, but there is scant fossil evidence from the period showing how they
Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

A fossil of a cockroach dating to the Cretaceous period, about 145 to 65 million years ago. Insects took to the skies much earlier, but there is scant fossil evidence from the period showing how they

Crispr’d Food, Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You

This week the USDA announced it has no plans to regulate gene-editing technologies like Crispr, opening the door to a boom in designer foods.
The USDA says Crispr-edited foods are just as safe as ones bred the old-fashioned way

The USDA says Crispr-edited foods are just as safe as ones bred the old-fashioned way

Last week the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would no longer regulate crops that have been genetically edited. Gene editing, which…
Scientists Edit Thousands of Genes at Once With Upgraded CRISPR

Scientists Edit Thousands of Genes at Once With Upgraded CRISPR

When the gene-editing technology CRISPR first made a splash back in 2012, it foretold a future in which curing diseases might simply involve snipping out problematic bits of genetic code. Of course,
This Tattoo Only Becomes Visible When It Detects Early Signs of Disease

This Tattoo Only Becomes Visible When It Detects Early Signs of Disease

In the future, tattoos may no longer be mere decorative statements for the body, but useful biomedical devices that can alert us when something’s not quite right. Read more...
This Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Provide Hyper-Specific Cancer Diagnoses

This Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Provide Hyper-Specific Cancer Diagnoses

Ever since researchers first discovered that bacterial immune systems could be hijacked to selectively change DNA in living creatures, CRISPR gene-editing technology has been limited by the boundaries
CRISPR could one day help conservationists save our ocean’s coral

CRISPR could one day help conservationists save our ocean’s coral

In a recent study, scientists demonstrated for the first time that the groundbreaking gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 can be successfully used on coral. The breakthrough suggests CRISPR could offer a
New startup promises ‘world’s first’ CRISPR-powered disease detection

New startup promises ‘world’s first’ CRISPR-powered disease detection

Startup Mammoth Biosciences promises to offer unprecedented disease diagnostics, using CRISPR to detect biomarkers associated with any disease. The startup has branded itself as the world’s first

What is Crispr Gene Editing? The Complete WIRED Guide

How scientists can repurpose a bacterial immune system to alter DNA, making everything from cheap insulin to extra starchy corn.
USDA wants public comments on its plan to label GMO foods

USDA wants public comments on its plan to label GMO foods

An obscure 2016 law means that the Department of Agriculture needs to devise labels.
G.M.O. Foods Will Soon Require Labels. What Will the Labels Say?

G.M.O. Foods Will Soon Require Labels. What Will the Labels Say?

Soybeans that have been genetically modified to be herbicide-tolerant. Federal law will soon require labels for foods that contain G.M.O.s.
G.M.O. Foods Will Soon Require Labels. What Will the Labels Say?

G.M.O. Foods Will Soon Require Labels. What Will the Labels Say?

Soybeans that have been genetically modified to be herbicide-tolerant. Federal law will soon require labels for foods that contain G.M.O.s.