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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.

Stem-Cell Treatment for Blindness Moving Through Patient Testing

Advanced Cell Technology is testing a stem-cell treatment for blindness that could preserve vision and potentially reverse vision loss.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

A Brazilian neuroscientist says brain-controlled robotics will let the paralyzed walk again.

The Revival of Cancer Immunotherapy

An old idea for treating cancer is yielding impressive results on cancer patients—and lots of attention from drug companies.

A Bandage That Senses Tremors, Delivers Drugs, and Keeps a Record

A flexible electronic skin patch has strain gauges to measure tremors, and heating elements to release drugs held inside nanoparticles.

Fatter Cows and Chickens from GM Crops

Biotech turns to DNA editing technology to engineer easier-to-digest plants for farm animals.

Microbes and Metabolites Fuel an Ambitious Aging Project

Craig Venter’s new company wants to improve human longevity by creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive database of genetic and physiological information.

Artificial Organs May Finally Get a Blood Supply

Artificial tissue has always lacked a key ingredient: blood vessels. A new 3-D printing technique seems poised to change that.

Can Gene Therapy Cure HIV?

Engineering a patient’s own immune cells to resist HIV could eliminate the need for lifelong antiretroviral therapies.

Heart Implants, 3-D-Printed to Order

Tailor-made medical devices could give a more detailed picture of cardiac health and may be better at predicting and preventing problems.

An Activity Tracker for Seniors

By tracking an older person’s movements at home, a new wearable device could help predict serious changes in health.