Grinders—body modification artists who specialize in biohacking—like to implant nonmedical stuff in their bodies. The latest is PegLeg, an implantable wireless file-sharing device the size of half a card deck that can securely hold data and stream content to connected…

Traditional methods for treating depression address symptoms like sadness or anxiety. Most don’t focus on anhedonia—the lack of interest or ability to feel pleasure.   To address this pernicious symptom, UCLA is studying the use of virtual reality in therapy. Patients…

News that Chinese scientist He Jiankui created the first gene-altered babies drew widespread condemnation—and questions about who might have stopped him.   He’s Chinese university claimed Stanford professor and bioengineer Stephen Quake helped He; Stanford is now…

Welcome to the new workplace benefit: constant health surveillance.   Employers and insurance companies are increasingly relying on data from wearable fitness monitors. Fitbit and other devices provide a trove of data on steps, heart rate, sleep length and quality, and…

“Bouncing, pulsating blobs” created in her lab were a promising step in Petra Schwille’s efforts to build synthetic cells from scratch. The biophysicist and her colleagues are confident that within a decade, the first fully synthetic cells could spring to life.

China is leading the way in biotechnology, but its bioethics are another story, writes Yangyang Cheng. China is way ahead on using CRISPR technology to treat cancer with some 8 clinical trials. In 2006 China finally admitted to harvesting organs from executed prisoners,…