Individual change is key to halting extinction

The voice of Cornell University’s Christopher Clark is among the first you’ll hear when the documentary Racing Extinction airs worldwide tonight, at 9:00 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel. The film is a fast-paced exposé of illegal wildlife trafficking and the devastating ripple effects of fossil-fuel dependence, all of which leads to one conclusion – humans are […]

Gut bacteria: How genes determine the fit of your jeans

Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a Cornell-led study published today in the journal Cell. By studying pairs of twins, researchers identified the Christensenellaceae bacterial family, which is highly heritable and more common in lean individuals. Moreover, a member […]