Jessica Green was among a small group of experts assembled recently by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to discuss the status of microbiome research. The event coincided with the launch of the National Microbiome Initiative, a call to action to advance microbiome science. The Obama administration announced steps to advance understanding of microbiomes and their influence on human health, climate change, food security and national security. Green joined a consortium of scientists in co-authorizing papers in Science magazine and mBio calling for new research tools to unlock the secrets of Earth’s microbial communities. Read more
Needless to say, not every child exposed to lead is destined for a life of crime. Everyone over the age of 40 was probably exposed to too much lead during childhood, and most of us suffered nothing more than a few points of IQ loss. But there were plenty of kids already on the margin, and millions of those kids were pushed over the edge from being merely slow or disruptive to becoming part of a nationwide epidemic of violent crime. Once you understand that, it all becomes blindingly obvious. Of course massive lead exposure among children of the postwar era led to larger numbers of violent criminals in the ’60s and beyond. And of course when that lead was removed in the ’70s and ’80s, the children of that generation lost those artificially heightened violent tendencies.
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