September/October 2016

Deciphering the Mysterious Microbiome
Cover Story

A few years ago, the average person had no idea what the microbiome was, but now it is bantered about on quasi-medical talk shows, social media, and blogs almost as though it were the savior of human health: change your microbiome, change your world!... Read more

Editorial Blogs


Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Modern medicine is overwhelmingly reactive rather than proactive. Get sick, seek medical help. How expensive that model ...

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Consilience of Conscience

Review of Lab Girl, a 2016 memoir of Hope Jagren, and Wireless Medical Systems and Algorithms: Design and Applications, providing discourses on the current state of the art in several areas of wireless medical system development and related algorithm developments.... Read more

Lamarck, Darwin, Wallace, and Ameghino

The universe is the most fundamental wonder: we, as humans, face it every day, contemplate it in endless amazement, question it in our search for answers. And long ago, at a particular moment in a tiny piece of that great wonder, a second wonder, perhaps deeper in reach, emerged: life. Then, slowly, life evolved to contain within it a third wonder, possibly greater in some respects than the universe itself: the human mind.... Read more