The Loom

A Blog by Carl Zimmer

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Fighting the Second Skeleton

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is an incredibly rare disease, striking just one out of every two million people. It’s also an in…

Of CRISPR and dragons

The good folks of Radiolab and I sat down to talk about the past and future of everyone’s favorite gene-editing tool, CRISPR. Listen he…

Save the Zombie-Makers!

Parasites may seem too gross or too wicked to be worth saving from extinction. Or they may just seem so skilled in their sinister arts that…

Bamboo Mathematicians

In the late 1960s, a species of bamboo called Phyllostachys bambusoides–commonly known as the Chinese Mainland Bamboo or Japanese Timbe…

When Darwin Met Another Ape

On March 28, 1838, Charles Darwin paid a visit to the London Zoo. At age 29, he was far from the scientific celebrity he would eventually…

Why Do We Get Allergies?

The more you think about sickness and health, the trickier it gets to draw a clean line between them. We tend to think of ourselves as being…

Lemon-Scented Malaria

Parasites are life’s great success story, abundant in both species and sheer numbers. One secret to their success is the ability that m…