Catching Diseases from our Evolutionary Cousins

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This is the final installment of planet-of-the-apes and in fact my final story as a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Higgs and I... Read more

Gripping New Book Details Origins of AIDS, SARS, Ebola and Other Diseases that Jumped from Animal Hosts

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Higgs here, with an announcement about another interesting event that I can’t attend, but you should. Tuesday (10/16), at the Academy... Read more

Stone Age People Made White Wine

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Higgs here. I will be taking over POTA until October 26. Apparently after the 26th I will be felid non grata at philly.com. : ( But in this... Read more

Yellowstone Wolves Face Their Own Natural Enemies

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This is my penultimate column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. It will run in print on Monday. The final one runs the following Monday: A century... Read more

Insects Show How DNA Mistakes become Evolutionary Innovation

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One of the more difficult aspects of evolution for some people to swallow is the notion that random copying errors in DNA can add up to anything... Read more

Exploring the Cradle of Humanity Reveals Genetic Traces of Extinct Human Species

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Here's my column for this week. It also appeared in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer: Once DNA evidence made clear that all humanity came from... Read more

What Whales Tell us about the Evolution of Menopause

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Here's my column for Monday's Inquirer, a couple of days early: Scientists have been hard pressed to explain why menopause happens so early... Read more

Exposing Hype over Genome Study and Junk DNA Claims

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In addition to exploring the evolutionary implications of junk DNA in my last column, I’ve written two posts for the Knight Science Journalism... Read more