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What We're Reading

Science book reviews and more

Featuring 11 articles by 7 scientists

The slap-dash nature of evolution makes entertaining reading

Nathan Lents' new book details the accidental, incidental nature of human quirks

Darcy Shapiro

Evolutionary Anthropology

Rutgers University

'Visualizing Disease' is an illuminating history of how we started to see medicine

Though beautifully printed, the book will most appeal to modern practitioners

Elle O'Brien

Computational Neuroscience

A neuroscientist reviews Michael Pollan's 'How to Change Your Mind'

The book shines new light on the revitalized field of psychedelic medicine

Benjamin Bell

Neuroscience

Johns Hopkins University

Mark Lynas on the complexity of disagreeing on GMOs

'I try to take people at face value in terms of what their objections are, and to not ascribe them with ill-intent'

Devang Mehta

Genomics

University of Alberta

The art of publicly changing your mind on GMOs

'Seeds of Science' makes a persuasive case for GM technology by a man who used to oppose it

Devang Mehta

Genomics

University of Alberta

'Being Ecological' is a book with admirable aims and a tangled execution

Prioritizing data over action can be counterproductive โ€“ but so is a muddled message

Cassie Freund

Ecology

Wake Forest University

The Lyme wars are upon us. We should probably read up on them

By 2050, 12 percent of the US population will likely be infected by Lyme-causing pathogen

Gabriela Serrato Marks

Marine Geology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious

A new book humanizes the legend, but few will want to read it

Dan Samorodnitsky

Biochemistry

Carnegie Mellon University

Henry Greely, bioethicist and attorney, on why genetic tech isn't so scary

'I probably wouldnโ€™t regulate anything except possibly parents'

Dan Samorodnitsky

Biochemistry

Carnegie Mellon University

Will genetic choice make sex obsolete?

Anyone hoping to shop for blemish-free, farm-to-crib babies with no diseases and a poetโ€™s soul will be disappointed

Dan Samorodnitsky

Biochemistry

Carnegie Mellon University