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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.

Mapping Autism in the Developing Brain

Researchers will examine the brains of living fetuses to study the origins of mental disorders like autism.

Genome Editing

The ability to create primates with intentional mutations could provide powerful new ways to study complex and genetically baffling brain disorders.

Brain Mapping

A new map, a decade in the works, shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before, providing neuroscientists with a guide to its immense complexity.

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.