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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.

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.

Insect Farming Is Taking Shape as Demand for Animal Feed Rises

As the world grows hungrier for animal protein, insects could be the new way to feed livestock.

The History Inside Us

Improvements in DNA analysis are helping us rewrite the past and better grasp what it means to be human.

Could a Genetic Test Predict the Risk for Suicide?

Scientists are hunting for the genetic basis of suicide and developing suicide DNA tests.

Spotting Cancer in a Vial of Blood

He watched his brother die from a cancer no drug could cure. Now one of the world’s most renowned cancer researchers says it’s time for Plan B.

A Mouse with the Same Cancer as You

For $12,000, a company grafts a patient’s cancer into rodents and tests drugs on them.