For Biology students in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Although we encourage you to read primary literature I think it is also important to read about science in the more popular literature to see how it is presented to a very different audience. Good science writing is often hard to come by but there was great article
in the New Yorker a few years back on endogenous
retroviruses. It describes their discovery and their potential influence
on human evolution as well as links to AIDS and the recreation of the
so called Phoenix virus in Thierry Heidmann's lab. I've been very
impressed with science articles I have read in the New Yorker, I wonder
if they could ever be persuaded to put out a Science textbook?