Elizabeth Svoboda

Contributing Writer

If gut bacteria can sway their hosts to be selfless, it could answer a riddle that goes back to Darwin.
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Can Microbes Encourage Altruism?

If gut bacteria can sway their hosts to be selfless, it could answer a riddle that goes back to Darwin.

The biologist Marcus Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species.
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Finding the Actions That Alter Evolution

The biologist Marcus Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species.

The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world.
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Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden Life

The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world.

About the author

Elizabeth Svoboda is a science writer in San Jose, California, and the author of What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness. She also contributes to magazines including Discover, Newsweek, Aeon, and Nautilus.