Toxicology has advanced. The EPA needs to advance with it.

On the fourth of July, 1985, as the sun shone and the temperatures rose, people celebrated by eating watermelon. Then they got sick — becoming part of one of the nation’s largest episodes of foodborne illness caused by a pesticide. The outbreak began with a few upset stomachs in Oregon on July 3; by the next day, more than a dozen people in California were also doubling over with nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. A few suffered seizures.

'Modern Poisons' and how to write a book about science for non-scientists

At the SETAC meeting last autumn in Salt Lake City, I had a chance to catch up with my undergrad thesis advisor Dr. Alan Kolok. I spoke with him over the phone this winter about his project of writing Modern Poisons and his perspectives on undertaking the endeavor of translating toxicology for a lay audience.

#ForewordFriday: Modern Poisons Edition

The triple threat of modern toxicology—the global spread of chemicals, the increase in chemical diversity, and the complications presented by enduring toxic responses—requires an understanding of basic toxicology concepts as well as contemporary issues.

Raisin Hell (And Dogs)

We were closing in on the end of a glorious spring weekend when my husband discovered the bag.

Flint: Bitter lessons learned

Facts about the water quality crisis in Flint, Michigan are in the paper almost every day and the chemistry and toxicology of what went wrong, at first blush, appear to be fairly straightforward and easy to understand.

Life-changing Chemicals

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in green, with human cell, grey.