How Biology is Getting a Technological Makeover

The story of Ginkgo Bioworks shows the challenges and progress in the emerging field of synthetic biology.

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How Superweeds Like Palmer Amaranth Are Changing Agriculture

Herbicides are losing the war — and agriculture might never be the same again.

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Reinventing the Uterus, One Organoid at a Time

As a bioengineer, Linda Griffith once grew a human ear on the back of a mouse. Now she is reframing endometriosis — a “women’s disease” — as a key to unlocking some of biology’s greatest secrets.

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Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

In “Second Nature,” Nathaniel Rich offers a tour of the ways humans have both conquered the natural world and been overwhelmed by the unintended consequences.

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How to Lower Drug Prices

Biologic drugs rack up billions in annual U.S. sales. Here’s a solution to lower the costs.

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My Wife Was Wary of My Lab-Made Dinner Party. The Faux Whiskey Won Her Over.

A slew of start-ups are engineering faux meats, eggs and dairy products that conjure a future in which we move from farm-to-table to lab-to-table.

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The Covid-19 Vaccine Doesn’t Mean Big Pharma Is Your Savior

Heroic work went into the development of the coronavirus vaccines. But that doesn’t mean this industry deserves your affection.

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Steaks Grown From Human Cells Spark Interest and Outrage

An artist project offering an absurdist take on the lab-grown meat industry triggers a debate and backlash in London.

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In a Battered New York Office Market, Life Science Is Flourishing

With state and city government support, developers are building laboratories for medical research and incubator spaces for biotech start-ups amid the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

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Book Review: ‘Editing Humanity,’ by Kevin Davies

In “Editing Humanity,” Kevin Davies offers an account of Crispr at a moment when its leading American researcher has just won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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These Scientists Are Giving Themselves D.I.Y. Coronavirus Vaccines

Impatient for a coronavirus vaccine, dozens of scientists around the world are giving themselves — and sometimes, friends and family — their own unproven versions.

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Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

Bayer faced tens of thousands of claims linking the weedkiller to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some of the money is set aside for future cases.

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Tests for Coronavirus Vaccine Need This Ingredient: Horseshoe Crabs

Modern medicine still depends on this animal’s blood to test for bacteria in vaccines. And an alternative test requires further study.

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How Upbeat Vaccine News Fueled a Stock Surge, and an Uproar

The desperate hunt for treatments and vaccines has changed how researchers, regulators, drug companies like Moderna, investors and journalists do their jobs.

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Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to development coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.

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New Coronavirus Vaccine Czar Says Finding One by January Is a ‘Credible’ Goal

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive the White House chose to lead a crash development program, acknowledged that the 12-18 month timeline cited by Dr. Anthony Fauci was already “very aggressive.”

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Moderna Gets OK to Start Larger Trial for a Coronavirus Vaccine

The company announced that the Food and Drug Administration had cleared its application to proceed to a clinical trial involving about 600 people.

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With Crispr, a Possible Quick Test for the Coronavirus

A pioneer of the gene-editing technology has devised a diagnostic test for the infection that could be as simple as a pregnancy test.

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China’s Coronavirus Vaccine Drive Empowers a Troubled Industry

By some measures, it is winning the race, with four companies already testing their vaccine candidates on humans.

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Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Can You Trust the Results?

A team of scientists worked around the clock to evaluate 14 antibody tests. A few worked as advertised. Most did not.

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Putin’s Long War Against American Science

A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions and encouraged the spread of deadly illnesses.

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