The notorious CRISPR twins scandal in China sparked fresh crackdowns on gene editing technology in the US and China, but Russia remains a “legislative vacuum” on the issue, with Putin himself likely giving any go-ahead for research.   CRISPR technology has never been…

While vaccine hesitancy has dominated headlines, access remains the chief barrier to immunization in poor countries. That was the consensus of the closing speakers at the world's first Global Vaccination Summit held yesterday in Brussels by WHO and The European Commission,…

Last year, India’s government issued new rules aimed at lightening students’ backpacks.   A 2016 survey found that 88% of 7-to-13-year-olds in India were toting backpacks nearly half their body weight; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests bags shouldn’t weigh more…

In northeastern Nigeria—“Boko Haram’s den”—at least 3 in 10 people suffer from untreated mental illness. Despite high suicide rates and risks of radicalization, care is reserved for treating substance use or disorders like schizophrenia.    Nonprofits like NEEM Foundation…

Move over, concrete-and-steel behemoths. There’s a new high-rise on the rise.   Amid growing environmental concerns about concrete, high-tech timber buildings have shot up in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific. Innovations in timber technology have eroded concerns…

Complications from premature birth are among the leading causes of under-5 deaths—and more than 60% of such births happen in Africa and South Asia.   Preemies have the best chance of surviving and thriving if they are given their mother’s milk immediately after birth.  

In the 60 years since the pill came to market, contraceptives for women haven’t really changed. Even Amphora, a “new” over-the-counter gel that women can apply before sex, is essentially an updated version of spermicidal lube. Why the sluggish innovation? The pharma…

China’s push to lead the world in genome editing is partially about need: Feeding 1.4 billion people is easier with drought resistant CRISPR-engineered crops that yield more food.   While investing billions in biotech, China hasn’t yet spelled out commercial regulation and…

The unmatched population boom in Africa’s cities is causing serious sewage problems, and spreading cholera. For example, Kampala, Uganda—which some 3 million people pass through each day—has less than 800 pay toilets and 14 free facilities. The city sewer system covers less…

After creating PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, billionaire tech titan Elon Musk is onto his next project: Neuralink, a tech venture promising thread-thin brain implants enabling people to control devices with their minds alone. Announcing the project last week, Musk said the…