Book Review: Personal Trials
Arthur L. Caplan | Mar 22, 2016
At first blush, do-it-yourself clinical trials seem pointless and reckless. But a deeper truth pervades the research and the patients who drive it forward.
TS 2015 Gift Guide
Kerry Grens | Dec 14, 2015
Check out these life science–inspired gifts
The Scientist’s 2013 Gift Guide
Kerry Grens | Dec 20, 2013
Our present picks for the scientists in your life
Opinion: Science Counterculture
Usha Nair | Dec 9, 2013
On taking DIYbio to the next level
Don’t Fear DIYbio
Jef Akst | Nov 19, 2013
Biological tinkerers are not the risk that some have made them out to be, according to a new report.
DIY Self-Tracking Device
Kerry Grens | Aug 24, 2013
A new gadget combines the dual obsessions of do-it-yourself science and self-quantification.
Inside Hacklabs
Megan Scudellari | Mar 5, 2013
Take a tour of some DIYbio labs across the country
Networking Medicine
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2013
Although fully organized patient-run trials are still few and far between, patients are taking a more active role in clinical research.
Biology Hacklabs
Megan Scudellari | Mar 1, 2013
Fueled by donations, sweat, and occasional dumpster diving, community laboratories for DIY biologists are cropping up around the country.
A Sea Dragon Revealed, 1823
Dan Cossins | Mar 1, 2013
A sharp-eyed fossil prospector and self-taught paleontologist, Mary Anning discovered several extraordinary Mesozoic marine reptiles.
DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential
Todd Kuiken | Mar 1, 2013
Citizen scientists can inspire innovation and advance science education—and they are proving adept at self-policing.
Regulating Amateurs
Dustin T. Holloway | Mar 1, 2013
How should the government ensure the safety and responsibility of do-it-yourself biologists?
The Rebirth of DIYbio
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2013
Do-it-yourself science is likely as old as science itself, driven by an inherent curiosity about the world around us.
Do-It-Yourself Medicine
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2013
Patients are sidestepping clinical research and using themselves as guinea pigs to test new treatments for fatal diseases. Will they hurt themselves, or science?
Barcode High
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2011
The story of a group of high school students who, with the help of a Rockefeller University researcher, conducted and published studies on the biological provenance of sushi and teas from around New York City.
Brave New Drugs
Sarah Greene | Jan 1, 2011
Intoxicating ideas for saving a billion lives