The Loom

A Blog by Carl Zimmer

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Antisocial Medicine

One of the biggest surprises to come out of microbiology in recent years is that bacteria have a social life. Rather than existing as lonel…

The Caterpillar Defense

Let’s say you’re a baby bird. In particular, you’re a chick belonging to the species Laniocera hypopyrra, which also goes b…

Your Inner Feather

Feathers are like eyes or or hands. They’re so complex, so impressive in their adaptations, so good at getting a job done, that it can…

The Good Viruses?

When I talk about my book A Planet of Viruses, people often ask me if there are any viruses that are actually good for you. In an Ebola-obses…

Ebola’s Past and Future

I have a story in the news section of today’s New York Times on the past and future of Ebola. There is so much anxiety and curiosity ab…

On Superiority

I’m writing this at my house in central Connecticut. Twenty thousand years ago, this spot was buried under a mile of ice. About thirtee…