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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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A couple years ago the good people at Radiolab asked me to join them to talk about CRISPR for one of their episodes. So much has happened since then that they had me back to talk some more. Listen here: http://www.radiolab.org/story/update-crispr/

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The world's underwater prairies do a lot for us—including wiping out disease-causing bacteria. Here's a piece I wrote about seagrass meadows for the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/science/seagrass-coral-reefs-pathogens-global-warming.html 

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Why do we sleep? To prune back our weedy neurons, perhaps. Here's my story on a couple new studies in the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/science/sleep-memory-brain-forgetting.html

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A team of primatologists looked at how all the 500+ species of primates are doing these days. Answer: mostly terrible. In a couple generations, a lot of them may be extinct. Here's my story for the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/science/almost-two-thirds-of-primate-species-near-extinction-scientists-find.html

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For my New York Times column this week, I look at research on migrating birds in a warming world http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/science/on-long-migrations-birds-chase-an-eternal-spring.html 

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For my New York Times column this week: When is our brain mature? Answer: it depends. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/science/youre-an-adult-your-brain-not-so-much.html

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I've got a new story out in Stat about a virus, fished from a lake and injected into a man's chest, that may have saved his life. More broadly, it's about the century-old dream of using viruses to cure bacterial infections. https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/07/virus-bacteria-phage-therapy/
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