At the Bench

Research from the forefront of medicine and biological science.

The Flaws That Made Us Complex

May 19, 2011

One common misconception about evolution is that it produces “better” organisms with time – a seductive opinion to humans who would like to think of themselves as the pinnacle of natural selection. In a way, it’s an easy [Read more]

The Secret World of Microbes

March 21, 2011

Since the time of Linnaeus, scientists have loved classifying the world around them. But while centuries of biologists have worked to collect and categorize the plants and animals of Earth, all that work likely only covers about a minute fraction of [Read more]

Feeding Your Internal Ecosystem

September 13, 2010

The human body is not just an organism, it’s an ecosystem. To the billions of microscopic bacteria, viruses and fungi living in the various nooks and crannies of our intestines, mouth, nose, and other areas, we are the world, the environment [Read more]