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B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley is a senior staff writer for Freethink, where he covers public health, with a focus on infectious disease and the future of drugs and the brain. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Verge, Jezebel, Frieze, Sports Illustrated, VICE, Paste Magazine, and numerous other publications. He lives in Chicago. Tip him!

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Recent Work by Author

Medical Innovation
Cancer Immunotherapy “Baits” the Immune System Into Attacking Hidden Lung Tumors
cancer immunotherapy
Medical Innovation
Cancer Immunotherapy “Baits” the Immune System Into Attacking Hidden Lung Tumors
When cancer spreads, it often ends up in the lungs. ImmunoBait can ride a red blood cell in mice to deliver cancer immunotherapy where they live.
November 28, 2020

When cancer spreads, it often ends up in the lungs. ImmunoBait can ride a red blood cell in mice to deliver cancer immunotherapy where they live.

Viruses
We Can Now See a Virus Invasion in Real-Time
We Can Now See a Virus Invasion in Real-Time
Viruses
We Can Now See a Virus Invasion in Real-Time
Understanding how a virus infects and replicates in a cell is crucial to stopping them. Now, researchers can see an infection in real-time.
November 28, 2020

Understanding how a virus infects and replicates in a cell is crucial to stopping them. Now, researchers can see an infection in real-time.

Coronavirus
The Hep C Cure May Also Fight COVID-19
main protease
Coronavirus
The Hep C Cure May Also Fight COVID-19
SARS-CoV-2 uses a number of key proteins to infect us, including its main protease. New research has found hepatitis C drugs can bind this protein.
November 27, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 uses a number of key proteins to infect us, including its main protease. New research has found hepatitis C drugs can bind this protein.

Gene Editing
Bacteria’s Self-Destruct Mechanism May Unlock Next-Level Genome Editing
genome editing
Gene Editing
Bacteria’s Self-Destruct Mechanism May Unlock Next-Level Genome Editing
A mystery for 30 years, retrons are showing potential as genome-editing tools. Now, we know what they actually do.
November 18, 2020

A mystery for 30 years, retrons are showing potential as genome-editing tools. Now, we know what they actually do.

Public Health
A Flu Vaccine Grown in Tobacco Plants Just Aced Its Clinical Trials
tobacco plant vaccine for flu
Public Health
A Flu Vaccine Grown in Tobacco Plants Just Aced Its Clinical Trials
Plant-based vaccines can be made cheaply and at scale. A tobacco plant-based vaccine for influenza has now been the first to complete clinical trials.
November 15, 2020

Plant-based vaccines can be made cheaply and at scale. A tobacco plant-based vaccine for influenza has now been the first to complete clinical trials.

Inventions
Finally! A Smart Toilet Offers Fecal Testing for the Masses
fecal testing
Inventions
Finally! A Smart Toilet Offers Fecal Testing for the Masses
Fecal testing can reveal a surprising amount of medical data. Israeli startup OutSense wants to do so from your home.
November 15, 2020

Fecal testing can reveal a surprising amount of medical data. Israeli startup OutSense wants to do so from your home.

Virology
Can A New Polio Vaccine Help Finish The Virus Off Once and For All?
polio vaccine
Virology
Can A New Polio Vaccine Help Finish The Virus Off Once and For All?
Thanks to polio vaccines and public health campaigns, polio is on the run — although COVID has it fighting back. Can a new vaccine help turn the tide again?
November 14, 2020

Thanks to polio vaccines and public health campaigns, polio is on the run — although COVID has it fighting back. Can a new vaccine help turn the tide again?

Virology
"Virus Burritos" Could Be the Key to Vaccine Preservation
vaccine preservation
Virology
"Virus Burritos" Could Be the Key to Vaccine Preservation
Vaccine preservation is crucial to world health; the WHO estimates we waste 50% of vaccines a year. Vaccine burritos may provide some help.
November 14, 2020

Vaccine preservation is crucial to world health; the WHO estimates we waste 50% of vaccines a year. Vaccine burritos may provide some help.

Veterans
Amputee Veterans Need to Game, So This Engineer Builds New Controllers from Scratch
adaptive controllers
Veterans
Amputee Veterans Need to Game, So This Engineer Builds New Controllers from Scratch
Inspired by his visits to Walter Reed Medical Center, engineer Ken Jones makes adaptive controllers to keep veterans gaming.
November 11, 2020

Inspired by his visits to Walter Reed Medical Center, engineer Ken Jones makes adaptive controllers to keep veterans gaming.