Opinion: What the History of Blood Transfusion Reveals About Risk
Opinion: What the History of Blood Transfusion Reveals About Risk
Every medical intervention—even one with a centuries-long history—brings dangers, some of which become clear only later.
Opinion: What the History of Blood Transfusion Reveals About Risk
Opinion: What the History of Blood Transfusion Reveals About Risk

Every medical intervention—even one with a centuries-long history—brings dangers, some of which become clear only later.

Every medical intervention—even one with a centuries-long history—brings dangers, some of which become clear only later.

Reading Frames
Book excerpt from <em>CRISPR People</em>
Book excerpt from CRISPR People
Henry T. Greely | Aug 1, 2021
In Chapter 6, author Henry T. Greely describes how news of the birth of gene-edited babies rocked a 2018 summit on human genome editing.
Opinion: How Biomedicine Could Transform Human Reproduction
Opinion: How Biomedicine Could Transform Human Reproduction
Henry T. Greely | Aug 1, 2021
CRISPR and other innovations are likely to open up a wealth of new options for how people have children.
Giving Sweat the Respect It Deserves
Giving Sweat the Respect It Deserves
Sarah Everts | Jul 13, 2021
Not only is the humble fluid a boon for keeping humans cool, it also contains a wealth of biological information.
Excerpt from <em>The Memory Thief</em>
Excerpt from The Memory Thief
Lauren Aguirre | Jun 1, 2021
Author Lauren Aguirre finds reasons for optimism in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Lauren Aguirre | Jun 1, 2021
Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.
Book Excerpt from <em>Finding the Mother Tree</em>
Book Excerpt from Finding the Mother Tree
Suzanne Simard | May 1, 2021
In the book’s introduction, “Connections,” Suzanne Simard relates how her “perception of the woods has been turned upside down.”
Opinion: Western Canada Must Stop Clearcutting Its &ldquo;Mother&rdquo; Trees
Opinion: Western Canada Must Stop Clearcutting Its “Mother” Trees
Suzanne Simard, Teresa Ryan | May 1, 2021
Feeding the world’s insatiable appetite for wood products is sacrificing the future of a crucial ecosystem.
Book Excerpt From <em>How to Be Animal</em>
Book Excerpt From How to Be Animal
Melanie Challenger | Apr 1, 2021
In Chapter 1, “The Indelible Stamp,” author Melanie Challenger addresses the idea of human exceptionalism.
Opinion: Facing Assumptions About the Duality of Human and Animal
Opinion: Facing Assumptions About the Duality of Human and Animal
Melanie Challenger | Apr 1, 2021
Since Darwin published his landmark work on natural selection, we’ve understood that we’re animals. But that doesn’t mean we really believe it.
Book Excerpt From <em>A Most Remarkable Creature</em>
Book Excerpt From A Most Remarkable Creature
Jonathan Meiburg | Mar 30, 2021
In Chapter 15, “Above the Falls,” author Jonathan Meiburg recounts an evening on a research expedition near the Rewa River in Guyana.
Lessons from Darwin&rsquo;s &ldquo;Mischievous&rdquo; Birds
Lessons from Darwin’s “Mischievous” Birds
Jonathan Meiburg | Mar 1, 2021
An unsung group of South American falcons yields clues to the prehistory of a continent, and hints at secrets of the avian brain.
Book Excerpt from <em>Resetting the Table</em>
Book Excerpt from Resetting the Table
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 3, 2021
In his book’s introduction, author Robert Paarlberg advocates for the use of modern science in agriculture.
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech&mdash;Again
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech—Again
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 1, 2021
Scientifically groundless regulations could undercut the potential of gene-edited crops, much as they have with GMOs.
Book excerpt from <em>The Puzzle Solver</em>
Book excerpt from The Puzzle Solver
Tracie White | Jan 5, 2021
In Chapter 3, “The Adventure,” author Tracie White meets Whitney Dafoe, a young man imprisoned by a chronic disease.
A Geneticist&rsquo;s Quest to Understand His Son&rsquo;s Mysterious Disease
A Geneticist’s Quest to Understand His Son’s Mysterious Disease
Tracie White | Jan 1, 2021
Ronald Davis of Stanford University changed his focus to research on ME/CFS, the disease formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, in a bid to help his son and others like him.
Book Excerpt from <em>When Brains Dream</em>
Book Excerpt from When Brains Dream
Robert Stickgold, Antonio Zadra | Dec 1, 2020
Ferreting out the biological function of dreaming is a frontier in neuroscience.
Opinion: The Biological Function of Dreams
Opinion: The Biological Function of Dreams
Robert Stickgold, Antonio Zadra | Dec 1, 2020
The scenarios that run through our sleeping brains may help us explore possible solutions to concerns from our waking lives.
Book Excerpt from <em>Every Life is On Fire</em>
Book Excerpt from Every Life is On Fire
Jeremy England | Nov 1, 2020
In Chapter 7, “Wind and Breath,” author Jeremy England considers research findings that point to a surprising, emergent property of seemingly disordered molecules.
Reconsidering Life&rsquo;s Origin
Reconsidering Life’s Origin
Jeremy England | Nov 1, 2020
Is the model of early life as a freak occurrence in a disordered, primordial soup of chemicals wrong?