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Covers:  science, evolution, ecology, astrobiology, medicine, biotech, biology, neuroscience

@nytimes columnist, @statnews national correspondent, champion of underappreciated life forms. Talks: http://t.co/24Xr4RKVFQ Newsletter https://t.co/m2IcCFfeqS

Carl Zimmer's Biography

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times, where his "Matter" column appears each week. He also writes for magazines such as National Geographic and Wired and is the author of a dozen books. Zimmer joined the staff of Discover in 1990 and served there as a senior editor from 1995 to 1999 (he remains a contributing editor). Zimmer has earned awards from the National Academies and the ...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Summer intern at the Hunterdon County Democrat

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I actually owned a manual typewriter as a kid.

How is social media changing news?

The audience is no longer silent. News has become a conversation.

Scientists Seek Answers on Zika in Other Viruses

nytimes.com — The Zika virus has quickly gained Ebola-level notoriety as it has spread through the Western Hemisphere in recent months. Researchers in Brazil, where it was first detected in May, have linked infections in pregnant women to a condition known as microcephaly: infants born with undersized heads.
Feb 08, 2016

RT @carlzimmer: Viruses that cause birth defects--other than #Zika. My new piece in @nytimes nytimes.com/2016/02/09/sci…

Feb 08, 2016

RT @NYTScience: Why does Zika virus injure fetuses? There might be clues in other diseases. nyti.ms/1Ri7TN3 pic.twitter.com/sa5hNLHRiC

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DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed, Researchers Report

nytimes.com — When scientists first started to figure out how to extract DNA from ancient skeletons, their success was met with astonishment. One minute, scientists were fishing Richard III's genes from his royal bones, and the next they were showing off DNA retrieved from 5,000-year-old Incan mummies.
Feb 04, 2016

DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed, Researchers Report nyti.ms/1nPVPYa

Feb 04, 2016

RT @carlzimmer: I wondered if a @nytimes column I wrote in October needed a correction. I ended up writing a new column. nytimes.com/2016/02/05/sci…

Feb 05, 2016

Nice @carlzimmer piece on error in ancient African genome. Still no word on how Science will set the record straight nytimes.com/2016/02/05/sci…

Feb 05, 2016

RT @mjpallen: DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed from @carlzimmer nyti.ms/1SvFBjT A triumph for what @nejm calls data parasites?

Feb 05, 2016

RT @SarahTishkoff: I always tell my lab that if a result seems too good to be true, double and triple check your analyses! nytimes.com/2016/02/05/sci…

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Can a worm's lifespan hold the secrets to human aging?

statnews.com — In this episode of "Science Happens," researchers explain how they're using a "Lifespan Machine" to try to discover the universal rules of aging.
Feb 02, 2016

RT @JasonUkman: Bias alert, but think @carlzimmer's video series is one of the coolest new things in science journalism today. statnews.com/2016/02/02/wor…

Feb 02, 2016

RT @HoganAlex: Want to see elegance? "Science Happens!" visits a lab studying the lifespan of C. elegans statnews.com/2016/02/02/wor… @carlzimmer @Matthew_Orr

Feb 02, 2016

RT @statnews: These worms' journey from life to death could tell us about our own mortality: bit.ly/1PwFaD9 pic.twitter.com/9JuxWgrQPr

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Tribes’ Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies

nytimes.com — The San Diego Archaeology Center holds a pair of extraordinary skeletons. Dating back about 9,500 years, they are among the oldest human remains ever found in the Americas. A number of scientists would love to study the bones, using powerful new techniques to extract any surviving DNA.
Jan 29, 2016

RT @NYTScience: Scientists' legal quest to study ancient bones claimed by Native Americans hits a dead end nyti.ms/1SgcNM2 pic.twitter.com/sAUJkSkeP7

Jan 29, 2016

Tribes’ Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies nyti.ms/1OUB2v4

Jan 29, 2016

Tribes’ Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies nyti.ms/1OUB2v4

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Telling Jewels From Junk in DNA

nytimes.com — When you learned about genes in high school, chances are it went something like this: Our DNA holds about 20,000 protein-coding genes. To make a protein, a cell makes a copy of the corresponding gene, in the form of a single-stranded molecule called RNA.
Jan 21, 2016

Great @carlzimmer line out of context: "HOTAIR is present not just in humans and mice, but in 43 species" nyti.ms/1Uex3Le

Jan 21, 2016

Funny that @carlzimmer called lncRNAs "long coding RNAs" in the first version of his story.. that's the whole point! nytimes.com/2016/01/22/sci…

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Scientists are building mini-brains to study the human mind

statnews.com — In this episode of "Science Happens," Carl Zimmer visits a lab that has perfected a recipe for growing millions of neurons inside a scaffolding of pure silk.
Jan 21, 2016

Donuts. Liquid silk. Frankenstein. It all makes sense as @carlzimmer shows us a lab building mini brains. statnews.com/2016/01/21/min… @statnews

Jan 21, 2016

Watch latest from @carlzimmer: Scientists @tuftsuniversity building mini-brains to study human mind statnews.com/2016/01/21/min… via @statnews

Jan 21, 2016

Want to study how trauma affects the brain? Start with this silk-fueled model of neurons. Awesome @statnews video statnews.com/2016/01/21/min…

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Obama's bet on science about far more than 'moonshot'

statnews.com — The launch of the cancer "moonshot" marked the third time that Obama has launched a major effort to solve a complex biomedical problem.
Jan 18, 2016

Obama bets big on science, with success (and staying power) uncertain statnews.com/2016/01/18/oba… via @statnews

Jan 18, 2016

Cancer, the brain, personalized medicine: I consider Obama’s three biomedical initiatives for @statnews statnews.com/2016/01/18/oba…

Jan 18, 2016

Obama's cancer plan is the 3rd time he's launched a high-profile effort to solve a biomedical problem statnews.com/2016/01/18/oba… via statnews

Jan 18, 2016

RT @carlzimmer: Cancer, the brain, personalized medicine: I consider Obama’s three biomedical initiatives for @statnews statnews.com/2016/01/18/oba…

Jan 18, 2016

RT @carlzimmer: Cancer, the brain, personalized medicine: I consider Obama’s three biomedical initiatives for @statnews statnews.com/2016/01/18/oba…

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U.S. restricts salamanders’ movement, for their good

post-gazette.com — The Fish and Wildlife Service is barring the door against 201 species of salamanders, making it illegal to import them or move them across state lines, the agency announced on Tuesday. Scientists hope the ban will help prevent a devastating outbreak from driving native salamander species extinct.

Searching for Cancer Maps in Free-Floating DNA

nytimes.com — Loose pieces of DNA course through our veins. As cells in our body die, they cast off fragments of genes, some of which end up in the bloodstream, saliva and urine. Cell-free DNA is like a message in a bottle, delivering secrets about what's happening inside our bodies.

U.S. Restricts Movement of Salamanders, for Their Own Good

nytimes.com — The Fish and Wildlife Service is barring the door against 201 species of salamanders, making it illegal to import them or move them across state lines, the agency announced on Tuesday. Scientists hope the ban will help prevent a devastating outbreak from driving native salamander species extinct.
Jan 13, 2016

RT @carlzimmer: A big step to save US salamanders: 201 species barred from entry. My story in @nytimes: nytimes.com/2016/01/13/sci… pic.twitter.com/jVHmqiyyC7

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Feb 10, 2016

Engineered E. coli makes opiate precursor, with a yield that's 300 times better than yeast. nature.com/ncomms/2016/16… via @mjpallen

Feb 09, 2016

RT @9brandon: There are roughly 1,300,000 invertebrate species on Earth. Here are all their emojis: 🐝🐛🐌🐞🐜🕷🦂🦀 #MoreNatureEmojis

Feb 09, 2016

RT @Reuters: BREAKING: China detects first imported Zika case - Xinhua news agency

Feb 09, 2016

ICMYI: As Zika worries grow, here’s a story I wrote about other viruses that cause birth defects nytimes.com/2016/02/09/sci…


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