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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.

Paralyzed Rats Take 1,000 Steps, Orchestrated by Computer

Controlled by software, paralyzed rats walk and climb stairs.

EmTech: 3-D Printing Complex Kidney Components

A breakthrough in printing blood vessels is enabling a new approach to printing organs.

EmTech: Risks of Gene-Editing Drugs Need Study, Pioneer Says

One of the inventors of gene editing says scientists should proceed cautiously before testing it in people.

EmTech: Illumina Says 228,000 Human Genomes Will Be Sequenced This Year

Record number of genomes being decoded, but cost of DNA sequencing might not fall much further, says Illumina president.

EmTech: Three Questions with the Man Who Grows Meat

Modern Meadow’s CEO explains how he’ll culture leather and make steak from giant vats brewing muscle and skin cells.

Radical New DNA Sequencer Finally Gets into Researchers’ Hands

A DNA sequencer the size of a cell phone could change where, and how, gene research occurs.

Gene-Silencing Drugs Finally Show Promise

After more than a decade of disappointment, powerful new drugs based on a Nobel-winning idea are getting closer to the market.

On the Horns of the GMO Dilemma

Can genome-editing technology revive the idea of genetically modified livestock?

How ALS Could Benefit from a Flood of New Funding

A viral social-media campaign has brought unprecedented money to a rare disease. How might new funding help ALS research?

Cell-Phone Data Might Help Predict Ebola’s Spread

Mobility data from an African mobile-phone carrier could help researchers recommend where to focus health-care efforts.