A sickle-cell drug common to wealthy countries has been deemed safe to use in Africa, home to 75% of babies born with the condition each year. Hydroxyurea is cheap, effective and easily administered against the painful and potentially deadly condition.

America’s fertility rate started sinking with the 2007 recession—dipping from 2.12 to 1.77 in 2017. Even a rebounding economy couldn’t bring back a baby bounce. The Economist explores the reasons—from mathematical quirks, to family finances and cultural shifts—and…

Long performed under close supervision in wealthy nations, more developing countries are playing host to human challenge experiments, which infect participants in order to test drugs.

Chinese medical documents that went online this month indicate that an elite biologist has begun recruiting couples to create the first CRISPR babies. Clinical trial documents detail plans to transfer modified human embryos into women's uteruses and create genetically…

All the elements are in play for this to be a banner era for sex—so why is America experiencing a “sex recession”?   The percentage of high schoolers who’d had sexual intercourse dropped from 54-40% between 1991 and 2017, according to CDC numbers. And they may not catch up…

Steven Lindsay has found a new target for dogs’ legendary sense of smell: the malaria parasite.

After 50 years of publishing, the CDC has made its first retraction, replacing a 2016 study tracking suicide risk by occupation, Retraction Watch reports.  

To engage people on issues like climate change, vaccines or GMOs, scientists might look to Swift, Voltaire or Jon Stewart. That’s what Guillaume Chapron and 3 co-authors did in their climate change warning to Earth, telling the planet to change its ways. Their approach,…

“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.

HOUSTON – Peter Hotez has 2 words for his fellow scientists: Speak up. A venerable vaccine researcher and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Hotez says he and other scientists of his generation were taught to do science and…