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New Revelations about the Biodiversity of Belly Buttons

New Revelations about the Biodiversity of Belly Buttons

When it comes to science, I have the patience of a rabid fox, trapped in a cage, in front of which a wounded rabbit is standing. My family, the folks in my lab and the need for sleep balance this nascent madness.

September 9, 2013 — Rob Dunn
New Revelations about the Biodiversity of Belly Buttons

New Revelations about the Biodiversity of Belly Buttons

When it comes to science, I have the patience of a rabid fox, trapped in a cage, in front of which a wounded rabbit is standing. My family, the folks in my lab and the need for sleep balance this nascent madness.

September 9, 2013 — Rob Dunn
Why Mosquitoes Like You and Not Me

Why Mosquitoes Like You and Not Me

The mosquito is so small it takes almost nothing to ruin it.–Mary Oliver Mosquitoes devour some people and ignore others. If they like you, swat a dozen and a dozen more appear in their place, inserting their mouthparts into your capillaries and imbibing as quickly as they can.

August 13, 2013 — Rob Dunn

How a Tiny Wasp May Save Your Life

Nature knows no real balance, just moments of apparent equilibrium before some rise or fall. We are studying scale insects—a kind of immobile (scientists say “sessile”) animal that lives on plants and sucks at them until, in some cases, they die (and by we, I mostly mean one of my students, Emily Meineke, and her [...]

August 6, 2013 — Rob Dunn

What is Wrong With Dissections?

Hint... It is not what you think. Here is a story you might find a bit laughable. At the end of the dark ages in what is now Italy, when knowledge was being reborn, anatomists would read from an ancient Greek text while their assistants dissected a human body and pointed out its parts.

May 12, 2013 — Rob Dunn

10 Predictions for the Future of Your (Microbial) Health

Every day it seems like some new discovery is revealed ab0ut the microbial life on our bodies, in our bodies and around our homes. The tendency in writing about such studies is to make sweeping conclusions about what is and is not and, of course, how we should live and what we should do.

March 19, 2013 — Rob Dunn

What If God Were a Maggot?

“ Brother of the blowfly… no one gets to heaven without going through you first .” –Yusef KomunyakaaSixteen years ago, my wife and I, along with our friend Audrey were standing outside a guesthouse near the towns of Boabeng and Fiema in Ghana when Kojo, a young boy, approached on a bicycle.

December 20, 2012 — Rob Dunn

The Hidden Truths about Calories

Odds are you sometimes think about calories. They are among the most often counted things in the universe. When the calorie was originally conceived it was in the context of human work.

August 27, 2012 — Rob Dunn

How to Eat Like a Chimpanzee

In conversation we say someone is haunted by the past. Evolutionarily we are all haunted by many pasts, pasts buried in each of our cells, organs or actions.

August 2, 2012 — Rob Dunn

Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians

Paleolithic diets have become all the rage, but are they getting our ancestral diet all wrong? Right now, one half of all Americans are on a diet. The other half just gave up on their diets and are on a binge.

July 23, 2012 — Rob Dunn

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