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…

The WHO's strategy aimed at halving deaths and disability by 2030 from snakebites—which kill up to 138,000 people and injure 400,000 each year—is taking shape. The snakebite envenoming roadmap, which will be launched in Geneva this May, centers on delivery of up to 3…

Machine-learning algorithms may offer a better system than ever for tracking deadly cholera outbreaks. Current methods of tracking cholera outbreaks are fairly inaccurate, based on reports of patients with watery diarrhea at local hospitals. Researchers may have found a way…