All posts by Geoff Morris

Drugging the Environment | The Scientist Magazine®

43615-1-mHumans have spiked ecosystems with a flood of active pharmaceuticals. The drugs are feminizing male fish, confusing birds, and worrying scientists.

The environment is being bombarded with active pharmaceuticals that pass through our bodies, in many cases unchanged. The accumulation of these substances is having unforeseen consequences could be potentially devastating to the environment and wildlife. Continue reading Drugging the Environment | The Scientist Magazine®

Programming DNA to Reverse Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

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At its annual assembly in Geneva, the World Health Organization approved a radical and far-reaching plan to slow the rapid, extensive spread of antibiotic resistance around the world. The plan hopes to curb the rise caused by an unchecked use of antibiotics and lack of new antibiotics on the market. Continue reading Programming DNA to Reverse Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

Health Check: can your brain be ‘full’?

The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime’s knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity? In other words, can the brain be “full”?

The answer is a resounding no, because, well, brains are more sophisticated than that. A study published in Nature Neuroscience earlier this year shows that instead of just crowding in, old information is sometimes pushed out of the brain for new memories to form. Continue reading Health Check: can your brain be ‘full’?