Author: Rachel Nuwer

Spending her early years exploring the bayous and beaches of Southern Mississippi, Rachel Nuwer’s love for nature and science has been a life-long romance. Rachel pursued this passion at Loyola University New Orleans where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. During her time at Loyola she had the opportunity to travel to Laos to research Mekong River fishes, sparking a new-found obsession with travel and exploration. This wunderlust has since taken her to 41 countries as well as encouraged her to spend a year teaching in Japan. In 2010 Rachel returned to Southeast Asia to investigate illegal wildlife trade and natural resource use in Vietnam for her ecology master's thesis at the University of East Anglia. When not trekking through a swamp, Rachel can be found taking photos, rehabilitating stray kittens, or eating phở.

Fecal transplants: the scoop on therapeutic poop

Fecal transplants: the scoop on therapeutic poop

Are fecal transplants really an effective and safe way to treat infection?

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted November 15, 2011

Varicose vein treatments are equivalent — or are they?

Varicose vein treatments are equivalent — or are they?

New research evaluating novel laser treatment versus ‘good old’ surgery reveals differences

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted October 24, 2011

Parasitized throughout the ages

Parasitized throughout the ages

Nubian mummies chronicle a modern plague

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted July 13, 2011

Tiger bones, bear bile, and pangolin scales

Tiger bones, bear bile, and pangolin scales

Breaking down traditional Chinese medicine

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted July 1, 2011

From Beijing to New York: The dark side of traditional Chinese medicine

From Beijing to New York: The dark side of traditional Chinese medicine

Age-old remedies drive trade in endangered species and promote animal suffering, despite alternatives

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted June 29, 2011

Please Know: Larry Kramer and The Normal Heart

Please Know: Larry Kramer and The Normal Heart

AIDS activism gets a wakeup call with Kramer’s Broadway opening today

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted April 27, 2011

Pets and the city

Pets and the city

Exotic animals in New York City

By Douglas Main and Rachel Nuwer | Posted April 25, 2011

Sleeping with pets will not kill you

Sleeping with pets will not kill you

Sensationalizing disease risk from our furry friends misses the point

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted April 11, 2011

Chagas disease: the silent killer

Chagas disease: the silent killer

More awareness is needed to combat this neglected tropical disease, including in North America

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted March 29, 2011

Conservation’s elephant in the room

Conservation’s elephant in the room

Media focus on charismatic, sexy animals loses sight of the bigger picture

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted March 10, 2011

Why does my head spin when I’m drunk?

Why does my head spin when I’m drunk?

Not much can be done to stop a spinning head after an alcohol overdose, but we can understand why it happens and how to avoid it.

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted February 8, 2011

Loggerhead sea turtles not yet safe from extinction risk

Loggerhead sea turtles not yet safe from extinction risk

Researchers add pathogenic fungus to risk list for already endangered turtles

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted January 24, 2011

A surprise turn: How one scientist dropped everything to study the oil spill

A surprise turn: How one scientist dropped everything to study the oil spill

What’s a scientist to do when an oilrig explodes his backyard?

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted January 12, 2011

The Mekong River: To dam or not to dam?

The Mekong River: To dam or not to dam?

Hydropower might help the region but risks loss of biodiversity and a way of life

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted January 10, 2011

Porcupines Expose Pitfalls of Wildlife Farming

Porcupines Expose Pitfalls of Wildlife Farming

Farming of exotic animals has not solved Vietnam’s illegal wildlife trade predicament

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted December 16, 2010

Hookworms and Whipworms: Our Immune System’s Attachment to Parasites

Hookworms and Whipworms: Our Immune System’s Attachment to Parasites

Proponents of so-called “worm therapy” believe parasites may be a key ingredient for health

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted December 6, 2010

Evolutionary Hitchhikers Dwell Within Our Guts

Evolutionary Hitchhikers Dwell Within Our Guts

Our relationship with inner microbes is more than just a dinner date.

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted November 28, 2010

Chlamydia Screening Can Be “Light-Hearted” and “Fun”

Chlamydia Screening Can Be “Light-Hearted” and “Fun”

‘Pee-in-a-pot’ campaign identifies strategies for engaging young people in STD testing

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted November 25, 2010

Bacterial Mutants Take One for the Team

Bacterial Mutants Take One for the Team

Understanding microbial “Good Samaritans” may be key for combating bacterial infection

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted November 23, 2010

Fishing “Down The Pricelist” Threatens Ocean Ecosystems

Fishing “Down The Pricelist” Threatens Ocean Ecosystems

Overfishing has led Indian fisheries to rely on less marketable species for profit — a practice that could have severe ecological consequences

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted November 9, 2010

Cuisine That’s Out of This World

Cuisine That’s Out of This World

A Sampling of “The Astronaut’s Cookbook”

By Rachel Nuwer | Posted November 1, 2010