Emily Monosson
Toxicologist, Writer, Home!

Emily Monosson is a writer and toxicologist. She is a member of the Ronin Institute and an adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts. Her latest book is Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health (2017).

Written by Emily Monosson

Colour-enhanced image of the bacteriophage T4. Photo courtesy David Gregory & Debbie Marshall/Wellcome Images

Essay/
Medicine
Viral rescue

When antibiotics fail, could phage therapy succeed? The germ’s-eye view of infection might open up revolutionary treatments

Emily Monosson

A quadrupedal robot used to help evolve gaits. Courtesy Cornell Creative Machines Lab

Essay/
Automation and robotics
Robot evolution

Hod Lipson’s artificial organisms have already escaped from the virtual realm. Now he wants to send them out of control

Emily Monosson

Deep gene pool: spotted salamanders have acquired a surprising immunity to roadside chemicals. Credit www.katiebarnes.com

Essay/
Biology
Unnatural selection

Salamanders, fish and perhaps even humans are evolving fast in response to toxic chemicals. Is that bad?

Emily Monosson