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Stories by Amy Maxmen

Ebola Dragnet Has Lots of Holes

False reports and a lack of health care complicate Sierra Leone’s attempt to round up Ebola-positive individuals

December 23, 2014 — Amy Maxmen

Chimp Comedy Brings the Blues

Costumed chimps used to make me grin ear to ear when I saw them on TV. Now I realize there’s little that separates that delight from coveting a Chinese potion made from rhino tusks.

November 27, 2012 — Amy Maxmen

Antibiotics Linked to Weight Gain

Changes in the gut microbiome from low-dose antibiotics caused mice to gain weight. Similar alterations in humans taking antibiotics, especially children, might be adding to the obesity epidemic

August 27, 2012 — Amy Maxmen and Nature magazine

The Illegal Teeny Turtle Trade

High-ticket items at my local 99¢ store endanger lives. For $6 a pop (or 2 for $10) a child brings home a baby turtle hardly larger than a quarter. They’re deceptively deadly pets for kids who put the bitty creatures in their mouths, or who neglect to wash their hands after touching the turtle.

February 13, 2012 — Amy Maxmen

Bedbugs Get Away with Incest

As if bedbugs weren’t gross enough already, entomologists have now found that they get ahead by mating with their own mothers, brothers, sisters and fathers.

December 6, 2011 — Amy Maxmen

Monarchs flood New York City

New Yorkers can catch a fleeting glimpse of Nature’s royalty if they hurry. On Saturday I observed dozens of migrating monarch butterflies – glorious kings of the insect world – quivering atop goldenrods on the coast lining Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn.

October 10, 2011 — Amy Maxmen