It’s the global health world’s ultimate goal: disease elimination. After the eradication of smallpox in 1979, the global health community set its sights on several other deadly diseases, including polio, TB, and malaria. Comprehensively beating diseases like these is a…

Facebook is looking to fill the gap in preventive care—and promises to reach the poorest Americans who frequently miss out on these checkups.   And unlike physicians, tech companies aren’t subject to the HIPAA law that protects patient information.   The Facebook Preventive…

The controversial molecular engineer George Church is dreaming up a dating app to match users based on their DNA—and he insists it’s a far cry from eugenics. Rather than being coercive, Church argues, the app would expand users’ options.   The app doesn’t even exist yet,…

Tech giants aided and abetted deadly child labor practices used to produce batteries—and they knew it, according to a landmark lawsuit against Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft, and Tesla.   The companies had “specific knowledge” that cobalt used in their ubiquitous lithium…

We are beyond the tipping point. We now live in a world of constancy.  Digital media are a pervasive and unceasing part of our modern existence. On a continuum from background (but always on-call) to simultaneous use of multiple screens, digital media’s presence pervades…

US researchers reported promising early results treating sickle cell disease using CRISPR technology this week.   Edited “super cells” in a patient appear to be responding as hoped—mass producing a critical protein lacking in most patients with the debilitating disease.…

Bangladesh is poised to become the first country to plant a controversial “golden rice.” It may sound magical—but it’s science. Golden rice was developed in the 90s to combat vitamin A deficiency—a common cause of blindness and increased risk for death from infectious…

Patient data—including names, images and even Social Security numbers—can be retrieved without a password from 187 servers in the US. A security firm found vulnerabilities in at least 52 countries. Most were found in servers used by independent radiologists or medical…

The winners of this year’s Breakthrough Prizes—the “Oscars of Science”—recognized innovative researchers in life sciences, physics, and mathematics—including several that could reshape approaches to stubborn public health challenges, reports

30 minutes to an hour. That’s the standard time for a lab technician to smear blood on a slide, prep it, scan it for malaria parasites and count them. Imagine what that means for a clinic that sees dozens of patients per day. Manu Prakash did. Then the Stanford biophysicist…