Who owns the bones?
Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.
See how the country stacked up in a recent National Science Foundation quiz.
Researchers have learned how to use the human microflora to monitor healthcare cleanliness
The DNA testing service reverses course in favor of users' privacy.
Reservoirs of HIV hide deep within the body. Scientists are now closing in on methods to wipe them out.
The 20 ideas, trends, and breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014
By discouraging a promising science project, Kickstarter could be encouraging corporate monopolies, enabling sloppy legislation, and keeping cool glow-in-the-dark plants out of our houses.
Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?
A refresher in genetic mutations, breast cancer risk and the perils of overawareness
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Using nature as a guide, geneticists build plants with qualities evolution could never produce
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The Big Question: How many people will it infect this year?
America is haunted by 100,000 missing persons and 40,000 unidentified sets of remains. Only one lab can truly connect the lost and the dead—and it's revealing the secrets of serial killers in the process
Turns out that a body reveals more details about its death than once thought
Or at least keep your teeth cavity-free. A growing chorus of medical researchers say our bacteria-killing zealotry is misguided. Instead of fighting bugs, they argue, we should train them to do our bidding and then set them loose in our bodies. The trouble is keeping them there
Its creations earn patents, outperform humans, and will soon fly to space. All it needs now is a few worthy challenges
Meet the extraordinary scientists whose innovations are bringing us robot cars, new cures and vaccines, the fastest-ever computer animations, and much, much more
The author subjects himself to genetic tests, scans and other high-tech diagnostics to report on how the trend toward "personalized medicine" will affect us
Your DNA holds the secrets of your ancestry, and at least a dozen companies offer to crack the code. But there's more than a bit of hype here.