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Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer

Contributor

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times. He began his career at Discover, where he served as a senior editor from 1994 to 1998. Since then he has published a dozen books, including Parasite Rex and Evolution: Making sense of life, and he has written hundreds of articles for the New York Times and magazines such as National Geographic, the Atlantic and Scientific American. 

In 2003 he started a blog called The Loom, which is now hosted by National Geographic. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named.

Carl’s stories

  • Why do we have allergies?

    Allergies such as peanut allergy and hay fever make millions of us miserable, but scientists aren’t even sure why they exist. Carl Zimmer talks to a master immunologist with a controversial answer.

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  • Why do we have blood types?

    More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.

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