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…

With cholera outbreaks in Yemen and Mozambique, researchers looked to a WWI-era strain for clues to understanding spread. Scientists mapped the genome from the oldest known sample of the V. cholerae bacterium, taken from a soldier in 1916. Analysis revealed a non-…

Being a twin has its benefits from birth. When both grow up to be astronauts, NASA wins, too. Scott Kelly gathered data on himself for almost a year aboard the International Space Station while his twin brother Mark did the same back on Planet Earth, the New York Times…

African American brains remain “the submerged part of the iceberg” in neuroscience. A new effort launched in Baltimore this week aims to fill this “gaping hole in medicine:” understanding how brain diseases manifest among African Americans, a hugely underrepresented…

Tiny genetic variations have major effects on how drugs work in different people, but bias built into genomic research means prescribing algorithms are best-tailored to European genes—with consequences for everyone.

The good news is that tuberculosis deaths are declining steadily. The bad news is that we are wildly off track to meet the bold targets set for controlling the world’s #1 lethal infectious disease.

A WHO advisory committee—set up after the birth of the first “CRISPR babies”—is calling for a global registry for studies on human genome editing. The registry would cover germline editing (changes to the genome that can be passed on), and the less controversial studies…

An “oddball” virus with a distributed genome—split among 8 segments—promises to turn our knowledge of viruses upside down.  

Rise with Refugees: Responding to an Urgent and Accelerating Global Crisis In collaboration with Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Stanford Refugee Research Project is convening UN leaders and other experts to explore how to…

Farming is the major source of income for young adults residing in sub-Saharan Africa. But for those living in the mycetoma belt, it’s also a curse—one that will continue to destroy lives until affected countries step up and prioritize mycetoma surveillance, management and…