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PLOS Biology

Putting Placebos to the Test

Wreaking Havoc One Chemical at a Time

In Search of Autism’s Roots

The Verge

Troubling chemicals found in wide range of food wrappers

PLOS Biologue

Could Vaccines Breed Super-Virulent Malaria? New research from Andrew Read’s group shows that vaccines can drive the evolution of more virulent pathogens.

East Bay Express

Pesticide Emasculates Animals New review confirms atrazine’s ability to wreak havoc on the male reproductive system

San Francisco Chronicle

We need to uproot fear of immunizations, on vaccines and autism, co-written with medical anthropologist Sharon R. Kaufman

National Geographic’s News Watch

Researchers battle time–and local resistance–to save France’s endangered brown bears

News Briefs in PLOS Biology

Ecology, evolution, wildlife, and environment

Dogs teach researchers new tricks about the genetics of complex traits

Wild gorillas handy with a stick

A human taste for rarity spells disaster for endangered species

Metabolism predicts ecological response

In the shadows of the Congo Basin Forest, elephants fall prey to the illegal ivory trade

Predicting species abundance in the face of habitat loss

Diverse pollination networks key to ecosystem sustainability

Switching drugs for livestock may help save critically endangered vultures

Can a taste for poison drive speciation?

Islands spareight: light; font-size: 14px;”>Plants tell caterpillars when it’s safe to forage

An evolutionary view of tiger conservation

Microbiology, cell and molecular biology, molecular evolution

Cultivating bacteria’s taste for toxic waste

Thriving community of pathogenic plant viruses found in the human gut

A new role for a long-studied DNA-wrangling enzyme

Clear evidence for two rounds of vertebrate genome duplication

When less is more: losing genes on the path to becoming human

Virus proteins prevent cell suicide long enough to establish latent infection

Comparing gene trees and genome trees: a cobweb of life?

A global view of DNA-packing proteins cracks the histone code

Untapped bounty: sampling the seas to survey microbial biodiversity

A shortcut to immortality

Antisocial behavior in cooperative bacteria (or, why can’t bacteria just get along?)

Neuroscience

Avoiding punishment is its own reward

Complex cells in the brain’s vision center tune in to natural scenes

Neural basis of body image: how to lose inches at the (perceived) flick of the wrist

Self-generated touch: a neural perspective

A new model of short-term model of motor adaptation

A molecular link between albinism and visual deficits

Exploratorium Museum Writing

Exhibits

Traits of Life lead writer for a new collection of life sciences exhibits exploring the unifying elements of living things

Women’s Health Hall of Fame, lead writer for a special exhibit highlighting exceptional leaders in women’s health, in conjunction with the exhibition, The Changing Face of Women’s Health, the first major exhibition to focus exclusively on women’s health.

Accidental Scientist, contributor on a website that explores how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking, through recipes, activities, and Webcasts designed to enhance public understanding of the science behind food and cooking.

Webcasts

Breast Cancer: What you should know, from prevention to mammography produced and hosted a show that explored limitations of mammography to detect breast cancer and the need to do more to prevent cancer

Interview with Carol Greider, recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, as part of Cold Spring Harbor’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s structure

Essays

A Cell’s Fate

Hunt for Neutrinos. How do you track a particle that leaves no trace?

Antimatter. An introduction

Edwin Hubble: The Great Synthesizer. Revealing the breadth and birth of the universe

Painting by the Numbers. Scientists find beauty in the details of stars

Looking at the Sky through a Glass Ceiling. Women in astronomy

Dispatches

Welcome to Cold Spring Harbor
Evelyn Witkin Reflects on Cold Spring Harbor’s Golden Age
Evelyn Witkin Remembers Barbara McClintock
Book of Life or Signpost to a New Biology? Mapping the human genome brings surprises and new challenges
Fundamentalist Religions and Science: When science is seen as a subversive activity

Lead writer for “How Does a Muscle Work?” poster developed as part of the Traits of Life exhibition. Won Honorable Mention in the 2007 Visualization Challenge, sponsored by NSF and Science magazine.