A Bright Scientific Future
A Bright Scientific Future
We may not have personal jetpacks yet, but the past decade has been marked by life-science revolutions, and the coming years have even more biological breakthroughs in store.
A Bright Scientific Future
A Bright Scientific Future

We may not have personal jetpacks yet, but the past decade has been marked by life-science revolutions, and the coming years have even more biological breakthroughs in store.

We may not have personal jetpacks yet, but the past decade has been marked by life-science revolutions, and the coming years have even more biological breakthroughs in store.

CRISPR
The Advances that Will Shape Life Sciences in the 2020s
The Advances that Will Shape Life Sciences in the 2020s
Emma Yasinski | Jan 3, 2020
Systems biologist Steven Wiley says advancements in two areas—single-cell biology and CRISPR—are poised to transform research.  
China Sentences Gene-Editing Scientist to Three Years in Jail
China Sentences Gene-Editing Scientist to Three Years in Jail
Emily Makowski | Dec 30, 2019
The modification of three babies’ genes by He Jiankui drew widespread criticism from scientists.
Top Technical Advances of 2019
Top Technical Advances of 2019
Shawna Williams | Dec 24, 2019
From artificial intelligence to pluripotent stem cells, this year saw the publication of a bevy of intriguing new methods, as well as tweaks to existing protocols.
What A Long, Strange Decade It’s Been
What A Long, Strange Decade It’s Been
Bob Grant | Dec 20, 2019
For the past 10 years, life science has moved us closer to a complete understanding of what makes us human—our similarities, our differences, and our shared history.
Most Popular Stories of the Decade, Year-by-Year
Most Popular Stories of the Decade, Year-by-Year
Kerry Grens | Dec 19, 2019
The Scientist’s reporters tracked the development of CAR T cell therapies, explored the Neanderthal DNA in our genomes, and dove into a CRISPR controversy.
2019 Top 10 Innovations
2019 Top 10 Innovations
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2019
From a mass photometer to improved breath biopsy probes, these new products are poised for scientific success.
CRISPR-Based Tool Expands DNA-Hydrogel Versatility
CRISPR-Based Tool Expands DNA-Hydrogel Versatility
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2019
DNA-responsive polymer gels used for releasing drugs, encapsulating cells, and much more now have greater adaptability thanks to the Cas12a nuclease.
Infographic: Sequence-Directed Gel Degradation
Infographic: Sequence-Directed Gel Degradation
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2019
A novel system for customizable DNA-hydrogel manipulations
Early Results Are Positive for Experimental CRISPR Therapies
Early Results Are Positive for Experimental CRISPR Therapies
Jef Akst | Nov 19, 2019
Two clinical trial participants—one with β-thalassemia and one with sickle cell disease—appeared to benefit from the gene-editing treatments with minimal side effects, according to the companies.