Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer writes the weekly Matter column for the New York Times. His most recent book is Evolution: Making Sense of Life, co-authored with Douglas Emlen.

Human Genome
Oct. 21 2013 3:49 PMThe Genomic OracleIf your DNA is sequenced at birth, how would it affect your life? A new project aims to find out.
Aug. 14 2012 10:46 AMGood Scientist! You Get a Badge.Precious research money is wasted on unreal results, but we can change the culture of science.
Sept. 9 2011 2:59 PMCould They Really Make a Vaccine So Quickly?
May 27 2011 4:50 PMThe Discovery of Arsenic-Based TwitterHow #arseniclife changed science.
April 8 2010 10:47 AMYet Another "Missing Link"A brand-new Australopithecus fossil is fascinating and important. But it's not one of our direct ancestors.
March 19 2008 12:07 PMSpinach, Lettuce, and the Limits of BioterrorismA comforting look back at the major E. coli outbreaks of 2006.
Dec. 6 2012 7:19 AMPast Pandemics Are in Our GenesWhat koalas can teach us about human evolution and disease.
Future Tense
Dec. 22 2011 2:43 PMStrain GameCould information about a lab-made virus really help evildoers create a biological weapon?
Sept. 8 2011 2:11 PMIgnorance Is No Comfort
Dec. 7 2010 10:53 AM"This Paper Should Not Have Been Published"Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.
June 23 2008 1:14 PMHow Smart Is the Octopus?Bright enough to do the moving-rock trick.
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