Had this piece run in the April issue of Scientific American, and got a bit of flack from the precision medicine enthusiasts out there. They were particularly incensed that I wrote dismissively of Gleevec, the cancer drug that made headlines back in 2001, when it was found to work against CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia). Gleevec … Continue reading A few more thoughts on Precision Medicine
1. I was super nervous about my mother’s hernia operation. It’s a fairly minor procedure – doesn’t even require an overnight at the hospital – but she’s older and has some health issues that made it higher risk for her. Plus, the surgeon she picked wanted to use the da Vinci robotic system to operate. I went … Continue reading On journalism, medical decisions, and my new job
You were a most beloved pet and one of the great loves of my life. In six years, across five homes, four cities, and countless tears and laughs, you saw me from the very worst days of my life straight through to the very best days. I am grateful for you, and for the time … Continue reading Max. 3/20/08 – 3/3/16. RIP.
On My Rocky Affair With Geology 1. Once when I was like nine years old a kid from my neighborhood gave me a rock, littered with yellow crystals, that he’d found in his granny’s backyard. He said it was a geode. I didn’t know what that meant, but I thought crystals were cool; I’d only … Continue reading Stories From Stones
(There were so many incredible pictures to chose from for this one. But I’m going with Einstein because: Hello, most beloved scientist of all time! Congrats on being right about everything!!!) I’m up in Springfield, Massachusetts working on a long-form piece about inner-city preschools, when a friend starts texting me a bunch of stuff on gravitational waves. I’m a bit … Continue reading Found: G-waves; hope for humanity
Had this article go up yesterday over at Scientific American. It was a fun piece to do because I got to revisit one of the most deeply fascinating questions in all of science: how do the basic electrical and chemical exchanges that occur in our brains produce the infinitely complicated experience of being alive? Seriously: think about it. An electric … Continue reading On the neuroscience of memory
Pictured: me and my twin brother, just a few weeks old, synchronized napping somewhere in Medellin, Colombia. Not pictured: our legs and feet don’t even come close to filling out those onesies… I have an abiding interest in any and all research on the things our biological parents pass down to us — not … Continue reading News Roundup: Our Mothers’ Microbes