The Loom

A Blog by Carl Zimmer

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Junk and Jewels in the Genome

In this Sunday’s issue of the New York Times Magazine, I have a feature about clashing visions of the genome. Is it overwhelmingly made…

Genius and the Brain

The 92nd St. Y in New York is presenting “Seven Days of Genius” this week. As part of the festivities, the video site Big Think…

We Are Instant Number Crunchers

If you have ever struggled through a math class, you may not think of numbers as natural. They may seem more like a tool that you have learn…

The Tumor Within A Tumor

Biologists who study cancer have been borrowing a lot of concepts from evolution in recent years. That’s because the changes that occu…

Can the Microbiome Mutiny?

It’s an ugly fact of life that getting old means getting infections. Old people get attacked more by pathogens, and the damage that the…

A Very Different Kind of Selfie

Human sexuality is obviously complicated. But it’s a mistake to think that, if you could somehow strip away human culture, sex would ge…

On Genes and Time

You’d be forgiven for calling FTO the “fat gene.” There are two variants of the gene, and in study after study, one of thos…

2014: A Storyful Year

Thanks to everyone for sharing a year of science with me over the course of 2014. It was a year of frantic writing, as I tried (and failed) t…