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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.

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.

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.