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Carl Zimmer
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For the last couple years, I've been asking myself a simple question: what is heredity? Now I'm thrilled to share the answers I've found--from the ideas in ancient Greece to today's cutting-edge CRISPR labs--in my new book, "She Has Her Mother's Laugh." You can find out more about it--and pre-order your copy today (please!)--here: http://bit.ly/SheHasHerMothersLaugh
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Some news! This fall I'm going to be hosting a series of live conversations with scientists and philosophers about a big question: "What is life?" I'll be talking one-on-one with them at Caveat, a brand new venue in Manhattan (with food! with drinks!) The first talk will be on September 6, and the rest will take place later this fall (dates to be announced shortly). Please join us and please share this information. http://caveat.nyc/event/what-is-life/
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Sunday I'll be at the World Science Festival to moderate a panel talk about science as a human endeavor. http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/programs/science-hands-scientists-meandering-path-toward-truth/
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Here's my New York Times story on a new study about genes that influence intelligence. Some solid successes after years of failure, but still a long, long way to go... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/science/52-genes-human-intelligence.html
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Here’s my latest New York Times column on the future of food webs in a warming, acidifying world https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/science/climate-change-simulation-miniature-world.html
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Were humans in California 130,000 years ago? A new study says yes, skeptics say NO! Here's my story for the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/science/prehistoric-humans-north-america-california-nature-study.html
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Here's my new Times column on monogamous mice that are revealing some parenting-linked genes. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/science/parenting-genes-study.html
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Air bubbles trapped in Antarctic ice show that plants are now photosynthesizing 30 percent more than before the Industrial Revolution. That's an increase far beyond anything recorded in the past 54,000 years. Here's my story in the New York Times on the new carbon bubble. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/science/carbon-dioxide-plant-growth-antarctic-ice.html
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Imagine taking a cheek swab and reprogramming your skin cells into stem cells. Then imagine mixing them together in a dish with special chemicals that coax them to combine together and start developing into different tissues, even organs. It's not in vitro fertilization. It's not an embryo. It's--well, some scientists want to call it a "synthetic human entity with embryolike features.” And it's coming soon! I look at the ethical puzzle these things pose for my column this week in the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/science/embryonic-stem-cells-synthetic-embryos-sheefs.html?partner=IFTTT
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Here’s my New York Times report on the world’s oldest fossils (or maybe just some ancient crud?) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/science/earths-oldest-bacteria-fossils.html?_r=0
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