The Supreme Court Reveals its Ignorance of Genetics
June 13, 2013
The Supreme Court decided today that human gene sequences cannot be patented, invalidating some of Myriad Genetics's patent claims on the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2.
The Lethality of Loneliness
May 13, 2013
For the first time in history, we understand how isolation can ravage the body and brain. Now, what should we do about it?
I don’t have a whole lot in common with Angelina Jolie, but we do share a terrifying family history of breast cancer. Like Jolie, I lost my mother to cancer—mine at 49, Jolie’s at 56.
April 01, 2013
We are in collective denial about what ingesting a meal really entails.
Why Do Grandmothers Exist?
January 29, 2013
By the cold logic of evolutionary science, post-menopausal women lack obvious utility. That they manage to attain old age requires explanation.
In Praise of Empty Souls—Can We Learn From Psychopaths?
December 14, 2012
I can say with a fair degree of certainty that there is no wisdom in psychopathy.
How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society
December 06, 2012
We are having kids later than ever. We have no idea what we're getting into.