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Michael White

Michael White
Michael White is a systems biologist at the Department of Genetics and the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he studies how DNA encodes information for gene regulation. He co-founded the online science pub The Finch and Pea. Find him on Twitter @genologos.

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How Climate Change Will Affect Our Ancient Relationship With Our Most Important Grain

At a time when the worldwide wheat supply needs to grow, we might not even be able to keep it from diminishing.

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Why We Need to Teach the Evolution ‘Controversy’ in Schools

All good science should aim to convince outsiders that a consensus has been reached without any biases. Even evolution.

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Why We Care About the Big Bang (and Everything Else)

Although our curiosity concerning the origins of the universe might not be practical, it’s uniquely human.

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Why Scientists Need to Learn How to Share

Despite ethical fears over work being co-opted, the benefits of scientific cooperation are too big to keep avoiding.

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It Doesn’t Matter That Not Everything Matters

Why scientists need to stop worrying about whether or not everything in biology serves a purpose.

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Do Your Grandmother’s Experiences Really Make It Into Your Genes?

Epigenetics is a hot field right now, and while many recent findings aren’t nearly as revolutionary as its practitioners believe, we have seen some provocative study results that are hard to dismiss.

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Scientific Publishing Is Killing Science

Here’s how to fix it.

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How Immigrants Make American Science Great

While the rest of the world is catching up, the United States is still the leader in quality science research—thanks to people from other countries.

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We Made Love, Not War, With Neanderthals

Throughout human history, there’s been at least one constant: inter-group sex.

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Darwin Day and the Science of Science Denial

Why Charles Darwin is the perfect figure for an international celebration of science.

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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014