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As the Zika virus spreads, I wrote a piece for The New York Times about other viruses that cause birth defects by infecting pregnant women, and what lessons they may offer for the current crisis. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/science/zika-virus-microcephaly-birth-defects-rubella-cytomegalovirus.html?partner=IFTTT&_r=0
Researchers found clues about how infections like rubella injure fetuses. That can aid research into the potential link between Zika and microcephaly.
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Very Informative ,Thank you!

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For my new column for the New York Times, I look at a legal battle over a remarkable pair of 9,500-year-old skeletons in California http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/science/tribes-win-in-fight-for-la-jolla-bones-clouds-hopes-for-dna-studies.html
For years the remains have been out of reach, the subject of a legal struggle that pitted 3 scientists against their own administration and the Kumeyaay.
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For this week's column in The New York Times​ I write about cell-free DNA, a kind of message in the bottle for doctors.
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A new study suggests that one day a simple blood test may tell doctors whether you have the disease and, if so, where it is.
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THANKS Dr:Jay Shendure for that wonderful reserch .....
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After a holiday break, here's a new edition of Friday's Elk, my email newsletter: http://tinyletter.com/carlzimmer/letters/friday-s-elk-january-8-2015
<http://www.statnews.com/2016/01/07/otzi-iceman-stomach-bacteria-study/>Greetings--
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Did the Iceman have ulcers? I look at a study of 5300-year-old H. pylori for STAT​ http://www.statnews.com/2016/01/07/otzi-iceman-stomach-bacteria-study/
Researchers reported in Science that they have reconstructed the entire genome of a species of bacteria that lived in the stomach of the iceman Ötzi.
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For my new column in The New York Times​, I look at the evolution of sleep, and why human sleep is so weird http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/22/science/down-from-the-trees-humans-finally-got-a-decent-nights-sleep.html 
Humans sleep more deeply but for shorter periods than other primates’ habits, a study finds. The pattern may have helped humans evolve more powerful brains.
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I wrote a column in October for The New York Times about the first recovery of an ancient African genome. Part of that study now looks to be wrong. So I wrote a new column this week. Beats a correction notice! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/science/dna-study-of-first-ancient-african-genome-flawed-researchers-report.html 
When other researchers studied the 4,500-year-old-genome, they discovered that the conclusion that much of Africa has Eurasian ancestry was incorrect.
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This story is an excellent example of the benefits-nay necessity - of sharing original data sets and having many researchers attempt to reproduce the results. And what a great example of integrity that the folks who published the original findings requested that an errata be published. Thanks for your new column on this Carl!

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Here's my new Science Happens video for Stat, in which I pay a visit to a lab where scientists grow brains. I find it strangely similar to making bread.http://www.statnews.com/2016/01/21/mini-brains-science-happens/
In this episode of "Science Happens," Carl Zimmer visits a lab that has perfected a recipe for growing millions of neurons inside a scaffolding of pure silk.
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The U.S. just took a big step to protect its salamanders from a hyper-lethal disease: 201 species are banned from coming into the country and moving between states. I've got the story in tomorrow's The New York Times​ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/13/science/us-restricts-movement-of-salamanders-for-their-own-good.html
Scientists hope that a rule making it illegal to import salamanders or move them across state lines, will help stop a deadly fungus.
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Evolving from single cells to animals may have been simpler than scientists once thought. My new column today in The New York Times​:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/science/genetic-flip-helped-organisms-go-from-one-cell-to-many.html
Some simple changes in ancient organisms might have given rise to a world of multicellular animals.
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Death in the morning, death at night: a spooky study that uncovers the clocks in our brains. By me http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/science/seeking-the-gears-of-our-inner-clock.html?partner=IFTTT&_r=0 
Neuroscientists have struggled to understand exactly how the mind’s cycles affect us. Studies of donated brains provide some answers.
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Hacking the microbiome! Guts on a chip! Here's the next "Science Happens" episode I did for STAT​ http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/09/science-happens-microbiome-pamela-silver/
Biologist Pamela Silver and her colleagues are trying to design organisms that can monitor the body and produce drugs on demand.
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I write about science, in books, articles, and blogs. I am a columnist at the New York Times, and I also write features for magazines such as National Geographic, Wired, and Scientific American. You can find out more about my books here. And here's a recent video where I explain why we live on a planet of viruses.  
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2011. A Body Fit for a FreakyBig Brain. Discover JulyAugust 2011. Link In 1758 the Swedish taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus dubbed our species Homo sapiens Latin

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Evolution | On my first full day blogging at Discover, things are a bit chaotic, but I'd be remiss not to take a second to observe the 150th anniversary of

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A few days ago, CNS News (“The right news. Right now.”) discovered that the National Science Foundation has …

Monday, Tuesday: New Haven, New York | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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A Planet of Viruses | On Monday, I'll be speaking at a master's tea at Morse College at Yale at 4 pm about outbreaks--real and fictionalized, viral and

Soul-Made-Flesh-A-Thon: A Sale to Clear Out the Brain | The Loom | Disco...
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Book sale! | Thanks to everyone who scooped up autographed copies of At the Water's Edge (72 are out the door as of this writing, and 8 are left). My shelves

Carl Zimmer - Viruses and Other Little Things | Point of Inquiry
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Carl Zimmer - Viruses and Other Little Things. February 4, 2013. Host: Indre Viskontas. This year's flu season has been dubbed the worst in

It Was Foretold Long Ago… | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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General | Allow me to introduce myself by way of a homecoming.It was at Discover that I started writing about science, a couple years out of college and with no

Serotonin | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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Science Tattoo Emporium | chemistry tattoos | Here is a picture of my serotonin tattoo. I don't know that it needs much more explanation than it's my favorite

How many species are there? My latest for the New York Times | The Loom ...
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Top posts | In 1833, John Obadiah Westwood, a British entomologist, tried to guess how many species of insects there are on Earth. He extrapolated from England

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"Gentlemen, it is the microbes that will have the last word." - Louis Pasteur

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A Planet of Viruses | Last year, while I was working on a profile for the New York Times of a virus hunter named Ian Lipkin, he told me he was consulting on a

Science Ink: I want your skin! [Science Tattoo] | The Loom | Discover Ma...
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Science Tattoo Emporium | Melinda writes,I have attached a photo of my Dirac Equation tattoo, which I obtained a few months ago. I am really happy with it. In

The Mere Existence of Whales | The Loom | Discover Magazine
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Evolution | Strictly speaking, there should be no blue whales.Blue whales can weigh over a thousand times more than a human being. That's a lot of extra cells