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B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley

B. David Zarley is a senior staff writer for Freethink, where he covers psychedelics and drug research as well as medicine, with a focus on viruses and infectious disease. 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 and can be reached via Signal by request. Tip him!

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Recent Work by Author

Telehealth
Phone Cameras Can Now Measure Your Pulse and Breathing
Phone Cameras Measure Pulse Breathing
Telehealth
Phone Cameras Can Now Measure Your Pulse and Breathing
A team of researchers has developed an algorithm to measure pulse and respiration rate during a telehealth appointment using your device’s camera.
April 12, 2021

A team of researchers has developed an algorithm to measure pulse and respiration rate during a telehealth appointment using your device’s camera.

Virology
New Approach for mRNA HIV Vaccine Passes First Human Trial
naive b cells
Virology
New Approach for mRNA HIV Vaccine Passes First Human Trial
There is currently no HIV vaccine, but a new technique which produced specific immunity cells in humans may pave the way to one.
April 11, 2021

There is currently no HIV vaccine, but a new technique which produced specific immunity cells in humans may pave the way to one.

Medical Innovation
Penn Scientists Correct Genetic Blindness With a Single Injection into the Eye
antisense oligonucleotide therapy
Medical Innovation
Penn Scientists Correct Genetic Blindness With a Single Injection into the Eye
Antisense oligonucleotide therapy uses small molecules to alter RNA. Researchers have now used those molecules to alleviate a genetic form of blindness.
April 11, 2021

Antisense oligonucleotide therapy uses small molecules to alter RNA. Researchers have now used those molecules to alleviate a genetic form of blindness.

Inventions
Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
synthetic mucins
Inventions
Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.
April 10, 2021

Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.

Living Machines
The Next Generation of Living Machines: Xenobots 2.0
xenobots
Living Machines
The Next Generation of Living Machines: Xenobots 2.0
Made from the stem cells of a frog, “Xenobots” are tiny living machines. And researchers have just debuted version 2.0.
April 4, 2021

Made from the stem cells of a frog, “Xenobots” are tiny living machines. And researchers have just debuted version 2.0.

Surgery
These Color-Changing Sutures Can Catch Infections
color-changing sutures
Surgery
These Color-Changing Sutures Can Catch Infections
Iowa high school senior Dasia Taylor has invented color-changing sutures that can catch an infection early.
April 4, 2021

Iowa high school senior Dasia Taylor has invented color-changing sutures that can catch an infection early.

The Brain
Deep Brain Stimulation: Explained
deep brain stimulation
The Brain
Deep Brain Stimulation: Explained
Deep brain stimulation is being studied as a treatment for any number of neurological and psychological conditions. But what is it, exactly?
April 3, 2021

Deep brain stimulation is being studied as a treatment for any number of neurological and psychological conditions. But what is it, exactly?

Cars
Extreme E Is Bringing Electric SUV Racing To the Ends of the Earth
electric SUV racing
Cars
Extreme E Is Bringing Electric SUV Racing To the Ends of the Earth
With climate change and gender equity at its core, Extreme E is bringing electric SUV racing to the wild.
April 3, 2021

With climate change and gender equity at its core, Extreme E is bringing electric SUV racing to the wild.

Heart Surgery
Scientists Have Created a Heart Valve Implant That Grows
heart valve replacement surgery
Heart Surgery
Scientists Have Created a Heart Valve Implant That Grows
Children may have heart valve replacement surgery 5 or more times. A lab-grown, growing valve may change that in the future.
March 28, 2021

Children may have heart valve replacement surgery 5 or more times. A lab-grown, growing valve may change that in the future.