Biotechnology is the industry that uses the molecules of life (DNA, RNA, and proteins mostly) to treat and diagnose disease. We report on the latest biomedical science and technological research.


Researchers have swapped the genome of gut germ E. coli for an artificial one

By creating a new genome, scientists could create organisms tailored to produce desirable compounds.

Micrograph of E. coli

How biotech went from “no way” to payday in the cannabis business

Genetic engineers want to make bio-pot, for fun and health, but their venture could backfire if they help create a public health menace.

studio photograph of a mariujana leaf on a yellow background

The search for the kryptonite that can stop CRISPR

Powerful gene-editing tools have the potential to heal—or to harm. Now there’s a race to develop the antidote to the next bioweapon.


A robotic catheter has autonomously wound its way inside a live, beating pig’s heart

The device was inspired by the way cockroaches feel their way along tunnels.

Image of medical professional looking at laparoscopy viewing screen
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