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Genetically Modified Mice Could Be Tiny Landmine-Sniffing Heroes

Researchers have created mice that are 500 times more sensitive than usual to TNT. They could provide a cheap, fast way to find buried explosives.

Synthetic Biologists Create Paper-Based Diagnostic for Ebola

Scientists say they can embed sophisticated genetic tests onto a piece of paper.

China’s Growing Bets on GMOs

New technology and large government research initiatives in ­genetically modified crops are giving China a storehouse for a more populous future.

China’s GMO Stockpile

With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.

From the Editor

Q&A with Futurist Martine Rothblatt

If computers think for themselves, should they have human rights?

How a Wiki Is Keeping Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Alive

The FDA ordered 23andMe to stop selling its health tests. But for the intrepid, genome knowledge is still available.

Stem Cells Seem Safe in Treating Eye Disease

A treatment based on embryonic stem cells clears a key safety hurdle and might help restore vision.

Cancer-Detecting Yogurt Could Replace Colonoscopies

Engineered yogurt bacteria could make detecting colorectal cancer and other diseases as simple as a pregnancy test.

What It Will Take for Computers to Be Conscious

The world’s best-known consciousness researcher says machines could one day become self-aware.

Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

The U.S. announces $46 million to develop new technologies for exploring the brain.