politics, developmental biology, culture
Trump Nominates Toxicologist for Key EPA Position
Trump Nominates Toxicologist for Key EPA Position
Diana Kwon | Jul 19, 2017
Michael Dourson, a former staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency, has controversial ties to industry.
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Emily Monosson | Jul 17, 2017
Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.
Book Excerpt from <em>Natural Defense</em>
Book Excerpt from Natural Defense
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017
In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.
Scientists Concerned About Future of International Collaboration
Scientists Concerned About Future of International Collaboration
Abby Olena | Jul 10, 2017
Policies that limit researchers’ travel could restrict scientific progress and partnerships.
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Abby Olena | Jul 6, 2017
Researchers find that boas and pythons use an XY sex chromosome system, rather than the previously assumed ZW system found in some other snakes.
Senators Bemoan Science Funding Cuts
Senators Bemoan Science Funding Cuts
Kerry Grens | Jun 23, 2017
At appropriations subcommittee hearings, President Trump’s budget proposal gets dissed by Republicans and Democrats.
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Abby Olena | Jun 14, 2017
Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.
Art’s Diagnosticians
Art’s Diagnosticians
Abby Olena | Jun 12, 2017
Physicians peer into the subjects of artistic masterpieces, and find new perspective on their own approach to diagnosing maladies.
How Moral Disgust Can Simultaneously Protect and Endanger Humanity
How Moral Disgust Can Simultaneously Protect and Endanger Humanity
Robert Sapolsky | Jun 1, 2017
The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.
Book Excerpt from <em>Behave</em>
Book Excerpt from Behave
Robert Sapolsky | May 31, 2017
In the book’s introduction, author and neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky explains his fascination with the biology of violence and other dark parts of human behavior.