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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.

November 15, 2011

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

October 24, 2011

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

July 13, 2011

Nubian mummies chronicle a modern plague

July 1, 2011

Breaking down traditional Chinese medicine

June 29, 2011

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

April 27, 2011

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

April 11, 2011

Sensationalizing disease risk from our furry friends misses the point

March 29, 2011

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

March 10, 2011

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

February 8, 2011

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.

January 24, 2011

Researchers add pathogenic fungus to risk list for already endangered turtles

January 12, 2011

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

January 10, 2011

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

December 16, 2010

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

December 6, 2010

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

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