Bacteria devoured methane from Gulf spill (0)
Hungry microbes ate nearly all of the methane spewed by the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, I report in this piece for the Washington Post.
Invasive insects threaten trees, forest (0)
Invasive insects, like this emerald ash borer, have destroyed tens of millions of trees in the United States. In a piece for the Washington Post, I track the bugs and call into question USDA regulations meant to stem the tide of tiny invaders.
The Brain Fixer (0)
Call it the brain fixer: A potent growth factor that could reverse stroke, interrupt addiction, and halt Parkinson’s disease. But getting it into the brain has proved challenging. In this feature for Nature, I explore new technology for sneaking this growth factor, GDNF, into the brain.
Machupo Hunter (0)
My profile of a young scientific superstar, Jonathan Abraham, appears in the August HHMI Bulletin. Abraham tackles a deadly, emerging South American virus, machupo.
Can the Peace Drug Help Clean up the War Mess? (0)
I recently attended psychedelic medicine’s coming out party- a meeting of 1100 researchers and enthusiasts in San Jose, Calif. – and found the early data on MDMA (‘Ecstasy’) as an adjunct to talk therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder pretty compelling. Scientific American ran my piece on the study, which features a vet who says the therapy eliminated his PTSD symptoms.
- Ghostwriting “The Great Prostate Mistake”
- The Melting Snows of Kilimanjaro
- Drug Companies Used Physician Education to Push Pills
- Injections of Hope – Doctors Promote Offshore Shots but Some Patients Cry Foul
- A User-Friendly Computer Virus
- HIV Vaccine Efforts Inch Forward
- At the Cloning Circus, Sideshows Abound
- I’m moving…
- Another BBC Appearance
- Live Radio – BBC World Service
1/15/11 •I’m moving…
8/25/10 •Another BBC Appearance
8/18/10 •The Brain Fixer
9/16/09 •A Curious Catastrophe in the Parrot World
1/15/11 •Bacteria devoured methane from Gulf spill
12/12/10 •Invasive insects threaten trees, forest