Carl Zimmer

Contributing Writer

<p>Recent discoveries have led some researchers to argue that the modern evolutionary synthesis needs to be amended.</p>
evolution

Scientists Seek to Update Evolution

Recent discoveries have led some researchers to argue that the modern evolutionary synthesis needs to be amended.

<p>In the few decades since viruses were first found in the oceans, scientists have only been able to identify a handful of species. A new survey has uncovered nearly all the rest.</p>
Biology

Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses

In the few decades since viruses were first found in the oceans, scientists have only been able to identify a handful of species. A new survey has uncovered nearly all the rest.

<p>Interest in a powerful DNA editing tool called CRISPR has revealed that bacteria are far more sophisticated than anyone imagined.</p>
Biology

Breakthrough DNA Editor Born of Bacteria

Interest in a powerful DNA editing tool called CRISPR has revealed that bacteria are far more sophisticated than anyone imagined.

<p>Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.</p>
Biology

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.

<p>Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.</p>
evolution

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.

About the author

Carl Zimmer is a science columnist for The New York Times. He also writes for magazines including National Geographic, Scientific American and The Atlantic. His books include “Parasite Rex” and “Soul Made Flesh.”