Katherine J. Wu
Jul 29, 2021
Cat Genomes Are Surprisingly Similar to Humans'
The genome of a mouse is, structurally speaking, a chaotic place. At some point in its evolutionary past, the mouse shuffled its ancestral genome like a deck of cards, futzing up the...
May 20, 2021
The Most Embarrassing Organ Is an Evolutionary Marvel
To peer into the soul of a sea cucumber, don’t look to its face; it doesn’t have one. Gently turn that blobby body around, and gaze deep into its marvelous,...
Feb 25, 2021
Coronavirus Reinfection Will Soon Become Our Reality
On its face, reinfection appears to be a straightforward term. It is literally “infection, again”—a recovered person’s second dalliance with the same microbe....
Feb 3, 2021
The Second COVID-19 Shot's Side Effects Are Worth It
At about 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, I woke to find my husband shivering beside me. For hours, he had been tossing in bed, exhausted but unable to sleep, nursing chills, a fever, and...
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