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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

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

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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

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Biology
Unnatural selection

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

Emily Monosson