Yesterday I read of a meningitis B outbreak at Oregon State University. Today, it’s the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. MenB is a potentially lethal and easily spread infection particularly in settings where young adults gather together. As the university races to vaccinate tens of thousands of students, my thoughts turn to our daughter, […]

Happy Toxic Tuesday. Instead of harping on the degradation of government controls, I’ll harp on plastics because here, we are all complicit. Even as I shop at our local Co-op scooping nuts into a plastic bag, thinking next time I will bring my own container…I’ve had years of next-times. And it’s easy to convince myself it’s […]

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
We were closing in on the end of a glorious spring weekend when my husband discovered the bag. “Any chance you left this lying around — empty?” he’d asked holding the remnants of a one pound bag of Trader Joe’s raisins I’d purchased just the day before…

As the days grow increasingly darker, having just turned back the clock, so too the U.S. EPA is working to turn back the clock. Here are a couple of choice selections from this month’s science-realm news; as usual, two downers followed by at least one positive so if you just “can’t stand it” anymore, skip […]

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
Dear Mr. Pruitt, I hope you can help me out here. I’ve been having trouble explaining your recent decision in favor of the pesticide chlorpyrifos while dismissing years of work by EPA scientists to my environmental toxicology students. This is a chemical that interferes with the normal processes…

[Cover photo courtesy of Boredpanda.] Happy Halloween to those who indulge and welcome to Toxic Tuesdays (OK, so this is Thursday!) What better way to begin the week of fright? With this once monthly news brief I aim to round up a few stories from both popular press and the scientific literature with a little bit […]

A few nights ago, I invited friends and neighbors for a potluck and viewing of the new movie Food Evolution narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Its tagline: “Amongst all this conflict and confusion around food, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves?” The evolution part refers to genetic engineering, a kind […]