Eye on the Fly: Turing Patterns to Explain the Fruit Fly
The tiny fruit fly has been beloved by developmental biologists for more than a century. Turing patterns may yet explain its shape.
How the Zebra Got Its Stripes and the Leopard Its Spots
Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots, and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago—by the man who cracked the Enigma code.
Arrested Development: The Girls Who Never Seem to Age
The notion that aging is a natural, inevitable part of life is so fixed in our culture that we rarely question it. But biologists have been questioning it for a long time.
Blackness Ever Blackening: My Lifetime of Depression
How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to?