Mapo Tofu Wins the Day

Good morning. Andrea Nguyen is in The Times this week with a delightful exploration of her decadeslong fascination with mapo tofu, the fiery, fragrant specialty of Sichuan Province in China. Years of eating and reporting have led her to a bulletproof recipe for the dish (above) and, more recently, to the courage to use the…

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The Gender Reveal That Doesn’t

Whatever happened to secondary sex characteristics? You know, those shapes and appendages we develop after puberty as an anatomical signage, an aid to evolution. Kardashians aside, the cultural appetite seems to be waning not only for visible gender difference but also the exaggerated tell. This is perhaps one of the reasons behind the continued success…

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Mammals share gene pathways that allow zebrafish to grow new eyes

Working with fish, birds and mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report new evidence that some animals’ natural capacity to regrow neurons is not missing, but is instead inactivated in mammals. Specifically, the researchers found that some genetic pathways that allow many fish and other cold-blooded animals to repair specialized eye neurons after injury remain present…

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COVID-19, climate change, and global crises among topics at NAM Annual Meeting – Oct. 18-19

COVID-19, Climate Change and Human Health, and Responding to Global Crises Among Topics at Meeting of Nation’s Top Health Leaders and Scholars – Oct. 18-19 The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) virtual 50th Annual Meeting will include a scientific symposium on Monday, Oct. 19 — Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health and Society: COVID-19 and…

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COVID-19- to COVID-20

From Covid-19- to COVID-20 – the evolution of COVID-19 in terms of its overall medical and socio-economic impacts is examine through a comparison of cases and deaths in the two successive waves we have experienced. Peak comparisons show that although the number of cases has doubled the number of deaths has decreased by 50 percent…

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