Table of Contents May 1998

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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If you could dictate the content of your kid's genes, wouldn't you? Shouldn't you?
We've put thousands of objects intoorbit. Many are visible—but only now.
First sheep, then cows, soon monkeys: It's only a matter of time until the first human clone is cooing in its—uh, mother's?—arms.
Someday the transplant you need may be growing on the hoof—or in a lab.
Biologists are learning how to turn on the genes that make our cells young. With them, we might repair our bones. Replenish our blood. Replace our limbs. And maybe some brain cells too.
Fertility clinics have been called the Wild West of medicine—an unregulated world where a dead man can impregnate a stranger and where a child can have five parents.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Baby
Instead of patiently unraveling life's secrets gene by gene, we can now read them at breakneck speed—thanks in great part to an ingenious, admired, despised, once aimless and now wealthy biologist named Craig Venter.
Until James Childress built his unique aquarium, you could find live tube worms only on the ocean floor, at depths of two miles or more.
Will tomorrow's power plants run on a few ounces of hydrogen and boron instead of several hundred tons of coal? Physicist Hendrik Monkhorst is betting on it.
The seed companies say the plants they've created are safe. But who's to know what will come from a romp in the field with an untamed weed?
How did the ancient Egyptians perfect their sophisticated mummification techniques? Before preserving flesh, they may have practiced for centuries on skeletons.


Andrea's accident had imprisoned her mind in a lifeless body. But how was anyone to know?