As experts (Including our Debra Mathews) gather in Atlanta to discuss the rights and wrongs of editing human genomes, four of the attendees (Charis Thompson, Ruha Benjamin, Jessica Cussins and Marcy Darnovsky) explain why it is vital to put social justice at the heart of the debate

Quick Read

The approach was developed in the late 1980s by James Fishkin, a professor at Stanford University. Fishkin has devoted his career to persuading leaders to consult their citizens before making difficult policy decisions. But he says you can’t just do a poll. So Fishkin created what he calls a “deliberative poll.”

Quick Read

Brian Bartlett lost his leg at 24. Rose Eveleth hears how a man who just wanted to ski again invented a new kind of knee

Quick Read

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced in a letter to his staff (dated May 1) that the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service is developing a verification program for food products containing genetically modified ingredients

Quick Read

When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?

Quick Read

Returning from the Ebola zone, Lindsey Hallen worried that she would be swallowed by the petty concerns of her life as a nurse in New York City. “I didn’t want to forget,” Ms. Hallen said last week

Quick Read

The research community and the public require a fast, flexible response to the synthesis of morphine by engineered yeasts, urge Kenneth Oye, Tania Bubela and J. Chappell H. Lawson

Quick Read

The federal government introduced a standard way to ensure the accuracy of DNA tests used to tailor treatments for individual patients

Quick Read