My laboratory recently published a paper detailing the discovery of new human-unique microRNA genes. … More Witnessing the birth of human-specific genes…
Correcting Intelligent Design creationists leads to some interesting drama. … More Behe, Bias, and Bears (Oh my!)
Doing battle with creationists may seem like a distraction, but it is important for public trust in science. … More ICYMI: My Presentation on Intelligent Design and Darwin Devolves at the CFI
These five women made possible the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of this decade. … More The Women Behind the Discovery of Richard III
The molecular details shed light on why COVID-19 is such a serious threat. … More 5 MORE Ways that COVID-19 is nothing like the flu (part 2 of 2)
The constant comparisons with the flu are wrong and harmful. … More 6 Reasons Why COVID-19 Is Nothing Like the Flu (Part 1 of 2)
In far too many articles, you will read that COVID-19 preys mostly on the elderly and those with pre-existing medical vulnerabilities. This is both true and misleading. Almost every illness, and certainly every infectious disease, is worse for those who already have other medical conditions, including the condition of being of advanced age. But COVID-19, … More I’m 41, Healthy, and Fit. And COVID-19 Still Got Me.
Two new books tackle the question of life and sentience and, together, they make a strong argument that neither may be as improbable as we thought. … More How Likely is Intelligent Life?
I, a secular scientist, endorsed a book about Adam and Eve? Strange, but true. … More A Skeptic Encounters Adam and Eve
Science is finally making real progress on the question of how our species achieved a mostly nonviolent social harmony. … More The Decline of Violence in Homo sapiens