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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.

What Else Could Smart Contact Lenses Do?

Besides health tracking, contact lens technology under development could enable drug delivery, night vision, and augmented reality.

Modernizing the Medical Record

As medical data goes digital, patients gain power.

Blood Sugar Crash

Many have tried to develop a painless, continuous glucose tracking system, but all have failed. C8 Medisensors may have come the closest.

23andMe Tries to Woo the FDA

The DNA testing firm hopes a more coöperative approach with regulators will get its business back on track.

Chinese Researchers Stop Wheat Disease with Gene Editing

Researchers have created wheat that is resistant to a common disease, using advanced gene editing methods.

A Chip Offers a Faster and Cheaper Test for Type 1 Diabetes

An inexpensive but precise method of detecting type 1 diabetes could be a life-saver.

British Government Picks Illumina to Sequence 100,000 Genomes

The world’s largest genome project will be carried out on instruments from the California sequencing company.

A Laboratory for Rare Cells Sheds Light on Cancer

A way of capturing cancer cells from the bloodstream opens a new front in personal cancer treatment.

A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain

Recordings from the brain's surface are giving scientists unprecedented views into how the brain controls speech.

Neuroscientists Object to Europe’s Human Brain Project

Critics call emphasis on large-scale computer simulations in EU brain project premature.