An extraordinary breakthrough in treating beta thalassemia, published in a landmark New England Journal of Medicine paper, brings hope to the ~300,000 people afflicted with the genetic blood disorder.

The recent wave of genomics research has scientists flocking to Africa to collect data, and African scientists are angling to keep more of that data on home soil, and ensure it benefits Africans. Not many African institutions have the equipment to manage large genomic data…

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,…

Global progress against malaria disguises a stark rise in infections and deaths in African countries upended by conflict—but new strategies show promise in the fight, researchers said at a malaria conference in Dakar yesterday.

Infection with malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites can give humans a certain smell that attracts mosquitoes, found new research shedding light on malaria’s efficient spread.

Ahead of this weekend's second March for Science, social scientists are, naturally, debating the rigor of data collected by march organizers. The George Mason University survey found most respondents thought the Trump administration was headed down the wrong path, and…

Eliminating stubborn diseases and poverty will take technological innovations—including gene editing and CRISPR, which could transform global development, argues Bill Gates. He details how gene editing is helping farmers improve the productivity of crops, and helping…

Health in the US improved overall from 1990-2016, but wide disparities from state to state show a need for better preventive care, according to a new study coordinated by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The probability of dying…

What weapon do tobacco, fossil fuel and cell phone bosses have in common? Doubt, write Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie.

Withholding information about potentially life threatening but preventable risks seems to directly contradict the Hippocratic oath to do no harm—but pushing unwanted information on people can also cause harm. How can we reconcile the right not to know and the right to…