Broadcast, Print and Digital Media Coverage (Selected Examples)
- January 18, 2019. WHYY story on “The Inner Workings of Hospitals“.
- January 11, 2019. UC Davis News story about Katie Dahlhausen: Koala Poo, Chlamydia and the Microbiome: Biophysics Graduate Student Katherine Dahlhausen
- September 8, 2018. Brian Handwerk in the Smithsonian. The Benefits of Probiotics Might Not Be So Clear Cut
- August 25, 2018. Diana Kwon in The Scientist “To Highlight Gender Gaps, Scientists Decline Opportunities.”
- June 28, 2018. Buzzfeed. com Is Dropping The “Hotness” Rating After Professors Called It Sexist
- May 17, 2018. Australian Financial Review. By Jill Margo. Microbiomania: what we actually know about the human microbiome
To describe the overselling of the microbiome, University of California microbiologist Professor Jonathan Eisen coined the term “microbiomania”.He runs a blog called The Tree of Life that hands out awards to those who oversell it and he has had no shortage of candidates, including the uncritical reporting on Lauren Petersen’s research on cyclists.
- Lander toast to Watson at CSHL
- May 16, 2018. STAT article about Michael Eisen. He takes on Eric Lander, and the scientific establishment. ‘This is who I am. I get angry.’
- May 14, 2018. STAT article about Eric Lander toast. As Twitter explodes, Eric Lander apologizes for toasting James Watson
- Genome Web article
- Xconomy article.
- March – May 2018. News stories about koala chlamydia paper
- May 8, 2018. NY Times. Everything You (and John Oliver) Need to Know About Koala Chlamydia
- April 12, 2018. National Geographic. As Koalas Suffer From Chlamydia, A New Clue For Treatment
- May 14, 2018. UC Davis Aggie article.
- May 16, 2018. Scientists are subverting formal publishing. Well, some of them. By Adam Rogers in Wired.
And that filter is sometimes worse than not having a filter,” says Jonathan Eisen, a microbiologist at UC Davis and open-science advocate. (He’s on the board of BioRxiv.) “There’s reasonable evidence that trying to get something published in the snooty, high-impact-factor journals may correlate with making something more wrong than if you hadn’t.”
“If people got credit for this, they’d all do it,” Eisen says. “It’s not that complicated. Most people want to share info sooner rather than later.” The story of scientific publishing is a long one, but it isn’t over.
- April 27, 2018. Podcast: Gut Punch – Marketing Microbiome Hype
“A great resource for following the hype (or, “microbiomania” as he calls it) is this blog by Jonathan Eisen, PhD, a biologist at UC-Davis who researches the evolution and function of the microbiome.”
- April 24, 2018. Is Diversity Key to Innovation? 9 Professionals Weigh In. in Texh X 365.
- March 25, 2018. Stephanie Lee article on Buzzfeed: After A Torrent Of Criticism, A Journal Just Retracted A Study Pushing The Trendy “Gut Makeover” Diet
- December 14, 2017. Is hand sanitizer bad for my microbiome?. Popular Science by Claire Maldarelli.
“One aspect of hand sanitizers that is usually overlooked is that they can affect bodies’ microbiomes in a few ways, and some of these ways could be bad,” says Jonathan Eisen, a microbiologist at the University of California at Davis. While they are killing potentially dangerous microbes, they are also altering the communities of beneficial bacteria on the skin.
- August 1, 2017. The plan to end sciences sexist Manel problem. Sara Scoles in Wired.
- July 19, 2017. Stories about Salk discrimination lawsuit
- June 2017. Stories about “Poop Doping”
- June 13, 2017. Articles about new GEBA paper
- June 8, 2017. Science News for Kids. Cool Jobs: New tools to solve crimes
- May 22, 2017. The Scientist: Companies Pursue Diagnostics that Mine the Microbiome
- May 19, 2017. Science Magazine news story on “Mining microbes: Creating genomic tools to fight disease”.
- April 23, 2017. Boston Globe. When Neanderthals French-kissed humans
- April 3. Molly McCluskey in the Atlantic. Public Universities Get an Education in Private Industry
- March 22. The Wire. Science Journals Sting Raises Troubling Questions About UGC’s Publication Rule for PhDs.
- March 8. Neanderthal kissing.
- March 6. My cats poop for science. By Jonathan Gitlin in arsTechnica. Coverage of Holly Ganz’ work on AnimalBiome.
- March 4. Are your kids too clean? Microbiome research reveals dangers of killing germs
- Aspen Ideas Festival podcast on “Healthy Gut, Healthy Body” based on Aspen Ideas discussion from Summer 2016.
- March 09. Nature article by Amber Dance: Antisocial Media.
Critiques of researchers’ posts come from within the scientific community as well as from outside it, and scientists need to respond carefully to foster intelligent, polite discourse. But that doesn’t always work. Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Davis, freely tweets about science topics, his own work and interesting papers or presentations. He has got into arguments on Twitter in connection with some posts.
He once found himself embroiled in a nasty spat with supporters of a journal when he had retweeted a post that disagreed with one of its editorials. A Twitter user began to attack the critics, including Eisen, who blocked the user as the battle escalated. He received support from colleagues on the thread and in e-mails, but stayed off Twitter for a few weeks afterwards. Now, when things heat up online, he gets up and walks away.
- December 27, 2016.Genome Sequencing Sheds Light On Shigella Outbreaks In California.In the Tech Times.
Jonathan Eisen, professor at UC Davis said that in case of outbreak of an infection, the reason behind the virulence of the bacteria could be detected with the help of whole genomic sequencing study. The analysis would help in identifying the gene involved in causing the virulence such as presence of antibiotic resistance and toxin genes.
- December 12.The overhyping of precision medicine. By Nathanian Comfort in the Atlantic.
It’s time to push back. One way is to hold scientists, philanthropists, and the press accountable. In 2014, Jonathan Eisen, professor at the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis, compiled a lengthy list of articles on the hype surrounding the genome project—many of them either complaining of promise fatigue or pricking the bubble of inflated expectations. We can and should continue writing, collecting, and sharing such pieces. Fund science liberally, but reward knowledge more than market value. Encourage science literacy, not just cheerleading. And teach skepticism of technology, medicine, and the media.
- December 2016. Social media, open access and confronting bad science: Q&A with Jonathan Eisen
- November 2016. Separating snake oil from certaintly. Hutch Magazine.
“The science here has enormous potential and I do not want that potential to be damaged by the BS and the hype,” said Dr. Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Davis. He uses his science blog, “The Tree of Life,” to pick apart what he sees as microbiome lies or misconceptions. “The microbiome is ripe for snake oil because it is so complex and thus easy to lie about and oversell,” Eisen said.
- October 13, 2016. Local scientists explore the microscopic worlds within the human gut. By Josie Licuano in the Reno News and Review.
- September 15, 2016. Berker’s Hospital Review. Precision medicine conference lambasted for heavily white male panels
- September 6, 2016.Naomi Shavin in Smithsonian. Captive Komodo Dragons Share Their Teeming Microbiome with Their Environment, Just Like Us
- September 4, 2016. Forbes storyby Rita Rubin – see Antibacterial Soaps Have Phased Out Controversial Ingredients, But Concerns Remain About New Ones
- August 29, 2016. NPR All Things Considered: Your Gut’s Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health.
- August 16, 2016. GenomeWeb.Brazilian Researchers Profile Microbiome of Rio Before, During, After Olympic Games.
- July 7, 2016. Spectrum by Ann Griswold. Single microbe may restore social behaviors in mice.
The scientific community should “be very careful about how we present and interpret such work,” says Jonathan Eisen, professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the University of California, Davis. Eisen has been openly critical of the study’s media coverage.
- June 12, 2016. Interview with Kirsten Dirksen. “Quantified “selves”: a smartphone tool to meet your microbes (& microbiologist Jonathan Eisen)”. Article. Youtube
- June 4, 2016. Interview with Tools of Science.
- May 17, 2016. Sally Addee article at New Scientist. Microbiomania: The truth behind the hype about our bodily bugs
- May 17, 2016. STAT article on microbiomes. “Is Gut Science Biased?”
- May 17, 2016. Bioworld articleabout White House Microbiome initiative by Michael Fitzhugh .
Critics of other administration-led science endeavors, such as the Human Genome Project and BRAIN initiatives, have expressed concern about the top-down nature and structure of those projects. In the MBI, however, University of California professor and microbiome expert Jonathan Eisen sees something different and more nuanced: a collection of distributed projects under a big umbrella rather than a run of the mill Big Science project dictated by central administrators. In a recent blog post, he called the project a good thing that’s “more likely to support small science and creative science.”
- May 12, 2016. New York Times articleabout White House microbiome project.
- May 10, 2016. Bangor Daily News. Good bacteria, bad bacteria and the bacteria we like to think make us fat
- May 3, 2016. Inverse. By Neel Patel. Why Space Science Urgently Needs a Better Spokesman Than Neil deGrasse Tyson.
- April 22, 2016. STAT feature article on Eisen.
- April 12, 2016.The Atlantic Daily.
- April 12, 2016. Ed Yong in the Most of the Tree of Life is a Complete Mystery.
- April 5, 2016. Stat post about mosquitoes.
- March 17, 2016. Kathlyn Stone in Health News Review.Sensational Tweets on Alzheimer’s & breast cancer by University of Manchester in 1 week.
Last week evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen, PhD, UC-Davis, used a series of tweets to pounce on a University of Manchester promotional tweet relating to Alzheimer’s disease that he found “really disturbing.”
- March 10, 2016. Ex-Eisen Lab Post Doc Morgan Langille featured in Nature Biotechnology: 20 years of Nature Biotechnology research toolswith comments from Jonathan Eisen.
- March 7, 2016. Story Hinckley in the Christian Science Monitor. Study of human hands in scientific journal cites ‘Creator,’ gets retracted
“There’s a feeling in the community that open access comes with no review, but that’s not true,” Jonathan Eisen, chair of PLOS Biology’s advisory board and an advocate for open-access publications, tells Wired. “I don’t think this will mean anything for open access journals, and it shouldn’t, because it happens at top journals too.” But because formal journals rarely address social-media criticisms, they are able to avoid the same negative spotlight, explains Dr. Eisen.“PLOS ONE should be handling this better to break the myth,” adds Eisen. “They’re one of the bigger open-access journals, so they need to be more careful.”
- March 3, 2016.A Science Journal Invokes ‘the Creator,’ and Science Pushes Back. Wired Magazine. By Madison Kotack.
On the other hand, the old big-dog journals have their problems, too—plagiarism, errors, and so on. “I don’t think this will mean anything for open access journals, and it shouldn’t, because it happens at top journals, too,” says Jonathan Eisen, chair of PLoS Biology‘s advisory board and a big-time advocate for open-access (though unaffiliated with PLoS ONE). “Science took ages to address blog and social media criticisms of incorrect information because they only respond to formal criticisms. PLoS ONE is responding to social media, which most journals pretend doesn’t even exist.”
Eisen says that open-access journals have gotten so big, statistically it makes sense that on rare occasions they’ll have missteps. “There’s a feeling in the community that open access comes with no review, but that’s not true,” he says. “PLoS ONE should be handling this better to break the myth. They’re one of the bigger open-access journals, so they need to be more careful.”
- Also see Raw Story.
- March 2, 2016. Yes, Even CRISPR Pioneer Jennifer Doudna Experiences Gender Bias. KQED by Lisa Marie Potter and Jon Brooks.
Finally there was Jonathan Eisen, a microbiologist at the University of California, Davis who has become an outspoken critic on social media of the lack of diversity at scientific conferences. He said his awareness about barriers to women’s participation started when he saw a nanny watching a baby outside a scientific conference; she’d been hired so the infant’s mother could attend the conference.
“It was literally one of those light bulb epiphany moments where my privilege in my life came front and center to me, because it had never occurred to me to that this would be an issue for anybody,” Eisen said. “I changed on that day from being an oblivious, privileged person to being a little less oblivious, privileged person,” he said.
- February 19, 2016. MIT’s misleading PR headline on autism. Health News Review.
- February 18, 2016. Boiling River work.
- February 3, 2016. Matt Simon in Wired. Twitter Nerd-Fight Reveals a Long, Bizarre Scientific Feud.
- February 2, 2016. Bed bug genome shows how gnarly these creatures really are. By Brooke Borel in The Verge.
“These results come with some caveats. For instance, the researchers aren’t sure the DNA fragments are actually from bed bugs — they may may be detecting an entirely different, but related, species. It’s also possible that the DNA found in the subway stations isn’t from an insect at all, cautions Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California–Davis, who wasn’t part of either research team. “I think it’s interesting if they really found bed bug sequences in their subway data. But I’m not even remotely convinced from what they report here that is the case.”
- January 30, 2016. Ed Yong in National Geographic, I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here.
“Policing the microbiome is central to Eisen’s identity”. Lovely Wired profile of Jonathan Eisen.
- January 28, 2016. NEJM for Data Sharing. In GenomeWeb.
- Janaury 27, 2016. Does microbiome health matter to overall health?. Genetic LIteracy Project by Emma Bryce.
- January 25, 2016. Do probiotics cure asthma? Don’t believe the hype.Wired UK by Emma Bryce. Feature story about social media anti-microbiome hype work of Jonathan Eisen.
- December 14, 2015. The Bacteria Among Us. In Biotechniques by Jeffrey Perkel.
If and when they do, however, it would be wise – in this era of media microbiome hype – to keep the find- ings in perspective. The microbiome is only one facet of biology, says Eisen, who periodically doles out an “Overselling the Microbiome” anti- prize on his web site; so, too, are genes, environment, and frankly, luck. “We are an organism that is the sum total of all of these things,” he says. “The microbiome is just one layer.”
- December 4, 2015. On World Soil Day, scientists warn of underground extinction risks.By Virginia Gewin in Science.
“If we can get a handle on rare biosphere, we might be able to say if there is or is there not any extinction,” says Jonathan Eisen, a microbiologist at University of California, Davis. But one challenge is that sequencing tools can’t determine whether the detected DNA came from a living or dead organism. And because microbes can multiply rapidly, their populations can change with the season or the weather. Just because something is rare now doesn’t mean it is rare at some other time, Eisen notes.
Inspiring scientists to launch studies to better understand such dynamics is just one of the goals of World Soil Day, which is helping cap a year-long research and outreach initiative known as the International Year of Soils. Eisen, for one, laments not being able to jump into a soil submarine to explore underground, the way marine biologists examine the deep sea. But he and other researchers say that, until someone invents such a craft, there are plenty of other ways we can better understand what’s going on beneath our feet, if we just take the time to look.”
- November 19, 2015.Autism’s Microbiome. The Atlantic by Nocholette Zeliadt.
“Still, Eisen and others caution against making too much of the results of the study, citing arguments often made in applying results from mouse studies to conditions in people. “The absolute key to me is the overselling of the relevance to autism,” he says. “This is not autism; it is some behaviors that resemble behaviors seen in human autism.”
“Vous n’invitez pas assez de femmes, ce sera sans moi. Des hommes qui boycottent les estrades 100% masculines, comme le microbiologiste Jonathan Eisen… cette position fait des émules. Dernier exemple en date : ce samedi 10 octobre, à Rouen.”
- August 25, 2015. Mother Jones story by Gabrielle Canon on “Can Poop Save Us From the Next Global Epidemic?”
Jonathan Eisen, a professor at the Genome Center at the University of California-Davis, says he doesn’t think the science is quite there yet. “Yes, people may shed various pathogens that go into the sewer system,” he says, “but we still don’t know what to look for and how to detect these organisms at low levels.”
I think right now it is a research project,” says UC-Davis’ Jonathan Eisen. “A cool, fun project on microbial diversity and the human environment… without any obvious use yet.”
Though the data showed promise, Eisen says, there are still many unknowns and far too much complexity involved in trying to drill down into this kind of information to have a functioning surveillance system. And there are a series of other obstacles that still have to be considered.
“There are issues of privacy that they didn’t address at all or issues of false-positive correlations that you might detect,” he explains. “It is really cool to get data from global populations, and I think it is going to be really useful for some purposes. But I don’t see screening sewage systems in airport facilities as a proven avenue for doing that.”
Unfortunately for now, Eisen says, successful poop surveillance is just an exciting hypothetical.
“It is interesting—really interesting, actually,” he says. “But I think right now it is a research project. A cool, fun project on microbial diversity and the human environment that is unquestionably worth doing, but without any obvious use yet.”
- July 7, 2015. Bugged. Feature article in Popular Science by Rinku Patel.
- May 19, 2015. Nature story by Allie Wilkinsonon panda microbiome study.
- April 27, 2015. Mary Otto on the AHCJ15 session on the microbiome.
- April 26, 2015. Hot Science: Better Living Through Microbes.
“As part of his TED talk, microbiologist Dr. Jonathan Eisen talks about how microbes play a role in our defense, boost our immune system, protect our auto-immune system, fight off stress, and more.”
- April 23, 2015. Cute Family. And You Should See Their Bacteria. The scientific clan bringing microbe diversity to the dinner table. by John Swansburg in NY Mag.
- April 23, 2015. Jennifer Howard “To Be a Featured Speaker at a Scholarly Meeting, It Helps to Be Male.”
“For instance, Jonathan Eisen, a professor of microbiology at the University of California at Davis, has tracked diversity in STEM fields for several years. His commentary on the issue includes a running list of conferences with poor gender ratios among speakers.”
- March 29, 2015. Outside Magazine story by David Despain on “Should You Be Taking Probiotics?”
Even some of the claims made by “germ experts” are bogus, says Jonathan Eisen, a professor of microbiology at the University of California, Davis. Scientists, he adds, often “oversell” their results by making misleading or unsupported claims.
Take a case-control studyfrom University of Cork in Ireland that found professional rugby players had a greater diversity in microbes compared to healthy controls. The study’s authors wrongly interpreted their results as evidence that exercise boosts diversity of gut bacteria. It was a mistake of mixing up correlation and causation, and the media followed suit, as Eisen wrote on his blog “The Tree of Life.”
- March 6, 2015. Mother Jones’ Inquiring Minds Podcast – with Indre Viskontas and Kishore Hari. Jonathan Eisen – the Tiny World of Microbes Inside You.
- March 3, 2015. Enter the Vaginome: Meet the Microbes that Live in Our Vaginasby AV Flox in Motherboard
- February 22, 2015. Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergiesby Alexandra Sifferlin in Time Magazine.
- February 5, 2015. Big Data and Bacteria: Mapping the New York Subway’s DNAby Robert Lee Hotz in the Wall Street Journal.
- January 30, 2015.Jonathan Eisen and Jessica Richman on the Microbiome. By Kevin Bonham at SciAm Blogs.
- January 20, 2015.The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debatesby Tamara Wittes and Marc Lynch in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.
- January 15, 2015. Scrubs outside the hospital.
- Original Story: Maiken Scott for WHYY Should Scrubs Be Worn Only Inside Hospitals to Limit Spread of Germs?
- Healthcare Dive: Scrubs worn outside hospitals eyed for ick factor
- December 2014. The Microbes You Eat paper press.
- Kevin Bonham – SciAm blog The Microbes in Your Kitchen (Or in your Starbucks mocha)
- December 17, 2014. Here’s How Many Microbes You Eat in a Single Day. Maddie Stone in Motherboard. Discussion of our “Microbes we eat” paper.
- December 18, 2014. Marissa Fessenden in Smithsonian. You Eat Millions…Even Billions!…of Microbes Every Day
- December 10, 2014. Ross Pomeroy in Real Clear Science. This Is How Many Microbes You’ll Eat Today
- December 2014. Buying Citations
- GenomeWeb: Higher on the List
- Daily Cal: Citations for sale by Megan Messerly
- November 9, 2014. “Is sexism in science at an end?” by Tim Sandle.
- November 5, 2014. Genetic Literacy Project – Separating Gut Bacteria Hype From Science
- “University of California Davis Professor Jonathan Eisen has a great Ted Talk and blog listing some of the crazy ways the microbiome has been implicated in human health.”
- November 5, 2014. The Scientist. The End of Science Sexism?By Jef Akst.
Not surprisingly, many in the scientific community don’t agree with the authors’ conclusions. One criticism, voiced by the University of California, Davis’s Jonathan Eisen on his The Tree of Life blog, is that “career progression” topics—like salary and promotion—are lumped in with workplace topics—such as hostility and physical aggression against women—and yet, the authors only discuss data relevant to the career progression-related issues. Evidence suggesting relative equality in this area, then, seems to have led to the assumption that “other workplace issues must not be a problem,” Eisen wrote. “[That’s] a dangerous and unsupported connection.”
- November 2, 2014. The Ideal Microbiome is a Mythby Robbie Gonzalez in io9.
For more of this, see UC Davis Biologist Jonathan Eisen’s ongoing “Overselling the Microbiome” award series.
- October 20, 2014. Teenage Mutant Ninja Journal! Celebrating an Open Access Birthdayby Hilda Bastian at SciAm.
And so many in the world are worried about another virus. However, along with much of the medical literature on Ebola, as Jonathan Eisen recently wrote, so too is much of the literature on HIV, TB, and malaria still locked behind paywalls.
- October 6, 2014. Laura Booth in the Columbia Spectator. Where are the women speakers in the sciences?
“In July, Jonathan Eisen—one of science’s most famous Twitter personalities and the author of the popular blog The Tree of Life—was lauded for turning down a paid honorarium at a conference because there were too few women invited to speak there. According to Eisen, there is no basis for an uneven ratio of male to female speakers in biology because there are enough women doing great work to be included equally alongside their male peers—in his letter to the conference host, he wrote, “As someone who is working actively on multiple issues relating to gender bias in science, I find this [gender ratio skew] very disappointing. … I simply cannot personally contribute to a series which has such an imbalance and I would suggest that you consider whether anything in your process is biased in some way.”
- October 6, 2014. Andrew Maynayrd on Science’s Twitter list.
- October 3, 2014.Tabitha Powledge on Very old new species, hospice v. hospital, & once more: how many microbes in the human body?
“The irrepressible microbiologist Jonathan Eisen says at his Tree of Life blog that he meant to write about this specious datum in 2007 but got distracted. He confesses that he even found himself quoting it in a TED talk, although he had sworn he wouldn’t.”
- October 2, 2014. Science Careers Blog: To Tweet or Not To Tweetarticle featuring discussion of how Jonathan Eisen uses Twitter in scholarly communications.
- October 1, 2014. The Scientist. Setting the Record Straightby Daniel Cossins with discussion of Eisen’s use of Twitter in correcting bad science reporting.
- September 25, 2014. The Independent. Royal Society awards just two research fellowships to women – and 41 to men
Jonathan Eisen, an American evolutionary biologist at the University of California, called the Royal Society “a club of mostly older white men that every year picks more similar members to join their club”.
- September 11, 2014. Sacramento News and Review. The Science of Equalityby Janelle Bitker on Eisen’s attempts to improve gender ratios at meetings.
- August 1, 2014. Davis Enterprise editorial: Cheers and Jeers.
“CHEERS to Jonathan Eisen, a professor of microbiology at UC Davis, who recently turned down an opportunity to be part of a lecture series at another university on principle — too few women were invited. “In my field, there just isn’t that big of a difference in the percentage of males and females at various academic levels,” Eisen said. “And so when there’s a skewed ratio, there’s a sign that something is amiss.” Eisen said the response to his decision, which also included turning down a $2,000 honorarium, has been “amazingly positive.” Add our voice to the chorus: Thanks, Professor, for not just talking the talk, but for walking the walk.”
- July 31, 2014. Wired Magazine. Scientists Uncover a Surprising World of Microbes in Cheese Rindby Greg Miller.
- July 29, 2014. Davis Enterprise article by Elizabeth Case onEisen turning down endowed professorship due to gender ratio.
- July 29, 2014. Jef Akst in the Scientist on Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
“Given the virus’s abundance and how widespread it is, it is probably going to be very important for understanding the ecology of the human gut,” University of California, Davis, microbiologist Jonathan Eisen, who was not involved in the study, told NPR. “And it likely infects a group of organisms [the Bacteroides] thought to be really important for health.”
- July 24, 2014. Le Nouvelles News: Vous n’invitez pas assez de femmes, ce sera sans moi.
- July 18. 2014. Tabitha Powledge at PLOS Blogs on Biosafety.
- July 1, 2014. Carrie Arnold article about hospital microbiomes in Environmental Health Perspectiveswith quotes from Jonathan Eisen.
- June 24, 2014. BioIT world story on HiC metagenomics.
- June 16, 2014. Story about collaboration with Lebanese American University (LAU).
- May 22, 2014. Candice Helfand interviews Jonathan Eisen for the Story Exchange. UC Davis professor Jonathan Eisen explains how to help make science a true meritocracy.
- May 9, 2014. Kate Gammon at Popular Science: I Got It From My Momma: 4 Surprising Things To Thank Mom For.
“As microbiologist Jonathan Eisen wrote in his blog, “Vaginal birth and breastfeeding can be viewed largely as delivery mechanisms for microbes (and the food for the microbes).” Thanks, mom!”
- May 6, 2014.The Dishdiscusses blog post on Gates infographic on malaria.
- April 18, 2014. Why SpaceX Is About to Launch Dinosaur Microbes and Toilet Germs Into Space by Becky Ferreira in Vice.
- April 16, 2014. Manipulating the Unseen Microbial Ecosystem—The Future of Hospitals?by Brooke Borel in Nova Next.
- April 16, 2014. Dirty Dog: Do Pets Track Bacteria In Your Home?by Brooke Borel in Popular Science.
- March 4, 2014. Wrap up of STEM Women Google+ Chat.
- March 4, 2014. Philly.Com: A tale of cheerleaders, microbes, and orbit
- February 21, 2014. Science Magazine: Elsewhere in Science
- February 21, 2014. PLOS Blogs: fecal transplants and climate change
- February 20, 2014. Sacramento Bee on Neanderthal Testing: Neanderthal in your blood? Answer a DNA test away
- February 12, 2014. TechEmergence: Jonathan Eisen and the Wild West of the Human Microbiome.
- January 23, 2014. National Geographic Weekend interview about the Human Microbiome.
- January 10, 2014. New Yorker article on Antimicrobial phone surfaces.
- January 7, 2014. Genome Web story about getting more female speakers at meetings.
- January 3, 2014. John Bohannon story on Google Scholarin Science magazine discusses Jonathan Eisen’s use of automated searches for discovering papers.
- October 9-15. Coverage of editorial by Eisen et al. on impact factor and peer review
- October 10, 2013. Article in Al Jazeera by Victoria Schlesinger “Scientists Threatened by Demands to Share Data” including interview of J. Eisen.
- October 2, 2013. PhD student in the lab Russell Neches in Nature regarding his shift from physics to biology: Physicist turned microbiologist advances his career with a do-it-yourself approachby Virginia Gewin.
- October 2, 2013. Jonathan Eisen quoted inErika Hayden story in Nature on the NIH Shutdown.
- October 1, 2013. Regarding the government shutdown and science
- How To Access Government Websites During The Shutdownby Dove Mosher in Popular Science
- Erika Check Heyden story on “NIH shutdown effects multiply” in Nature News.
- September 2, 2013. All Things Considered story by Rob Stein on “Microbe Transplants Treat Some Diseases That Drugs Can’t Fix
- August 1, 2013. Vancouver Sun article on the TED conferences and talk and gender bias.
- June 25, 2013. “Press P to print” in Chemistry World featuring Russell Neches
- March 24, 2013. HeLa genome sequenced without consent stories
- Rebecca Skloot in the NY Times. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel
- Privacy Flap Forces Withdrawal of DNA Data on Cancer Cell Line
- March 14, 2013. Steven Salzberg wins Ben Franklin award.
- March 1, 2013. Richard Grant in the Guardian on Ome words.
- February 27, 2013. Nature Story by Monya Baker on Ome words.
- February 18, 2013. PhD student Russell Neches featured in story on 3D Printers in Research Labs in Chemical and Engineering News
- January 14, 2013. ‘Open access’ tributes to Aaron Swartz – SFGate
- January 14, 2013. Scholars Post Free PDFs in Honor of Aaron Swartz
- December 26, 2012. Bob Dunning article in the Davis Enterprise
- December 25, 2012. Laura Geggel in the New York Times on “These Were a Few of Their Favorite Things” about science toys of scientist’s
- December 13, 2012. Annalee Newitzin io9 on The Sexiest Geek Dads in the Galaxy
- December 8, 2012. UC Davis team cheers microbes into space
- December 1, 2012. Space Florida selects UC Davis / SciStarter team: Space Florida Announces ISS Research Competition Winners
- October 17, 2012. Discover Magazine “Earth’s Last Unexplored Wilderness: Your Very Own Home.” By Bruce Barcott
- August 13, 2012. Wall Street Journal article by Robert Lee Hotz on “Here’s an Omical Tale: Scientists Discover Spreading Suffix; Researchers Develop Lots of New Words That All End Alike; ‘Sounds Futuristic’“.
- July 23, 2012. Davis Bio Research Microbiologist Rocks TEDTalk: Meet Your Microbes
- July 23, 2012. Have you the guts for faecal transplants?Irish Times
- July 16, 2012.Promusa – Mobilizing banana science for sustainable livelihoods | The ‘best genomics Venn diagram ever’ deconstructed : ProMusa blog
- July 11, 2012. Virginia Gewin in Nature: Microbes en masse: The sequencing machine(story about Rob Knight).
- July 11, 2012. Rebecca Rosen in The Atlantic The Case (Study) of Arsenic Life: How the Internet Can Make Science Better
- July 10, 2012. TED Blog on Eisen TED talk: TED Blog | 6 great things microbes do for us
- July 2, 2012. Correction algorithms extend the reach of genome sequencing
- July 1, 2012. Twitter Top 10 Healthcare Journalists
- June 19, 2012. Angre Gallo in the Sacramento Bee on Faculty urge UC Davis to apologize to disciplined professor
- June 18, 2012. ASM 2012 Is Live
- April 2012. TEDMED Talk coverage and discussion
- Jonathan Eisen | TEDMED Blog
- Jonathan Eisen – Google+ – “There’s a rule at TEDMED: No selling …
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- A Master Of The Microbiome And His Quest To Re-Publish His …
- Jon Eisen on our microbial cloud, poo tea and diabetes
- Tom Paine’s Ghost: Microbial Cloud, our inner ecostystem
- TEDMED: Day One | TEDMED Blog
- Crowdsourcing some facts for my upcoming #Tedmed talk on …
- March 23, 2012. Wired – Caleb Garling Can You Really Sequence DNA With a USB Thumb Drive? …
- March 23, 2012. Ed Yong in Nature: Microbiome sequencing offers hope for diagnostics
- March 8, 2012. Wired: Birds, Poop and Roadkill: A Field Guide to Field Guides |…
- Funding Update | ProteoMonitor | Proteomics | GenomeWeb
- March 1, 2012. Wired on Book of Germs: The Quest for a Field Guide to Microbes …
- February 26, 2012. Is a Field Guide to the Microbes in Our Future?from Your Wildlife
- February 24, 2012. What’s Living on Your Smartphone? from Alan Boyle as MSNBC
- February 23, 2012. UC Davis News-Jonathan Eisen elected to the American Academy of Microbiology
- February 4, 2012. Peer Review in Scientific Journals Isn’t Perfect – So What Else Is New? from Dennis McDonald
- February 1, 2012. Thousands of Scientists Vow to Boycott Elsevier to Protest Journal Prices– from Science Magazine
- January 10, 2012. MSNBC. Nicotine buzz from 1,300 years ago
- January 6, 2012. Scientists, Fight For Access!
- December 2011. How To Wow a Potential Lab Chief– Science Careers Blog
- October 2011.Australian Radio story in Indoor Environment.
- August 30, 2011. Academic Publishers: Making Murdoch Look Goodby David Dobbs.
- August 28, 2011. Ecosystem sweet ecosystem. Courtney Humphries in the Boston Globe.
- August 25, 2011. Christopher Shea from the Wall Street Journal: How Many ‘Kingdoms’ of Life Are There?
- Stories about PLoS Biology paper “How many species are there on Earth”
- August 23, 2011. Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: How Many Species on Earth? It’s Tricky
- September 2, 2011. Science Life blog post about this.
- August 2011. Arsenic Life story, again
- The Scientist: Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique
- Nature: Open research casts doubt on arsenic life
- August 3, 2011. Nature on The challenge of microbial diversity: Out on a limb
- July 28, 2011. Get To Know A Scienceblogger: Jonathan Eisen – Science of Blogging
- July 7, 2011. Wired News: Lovers, Losses, Putts, Egypt, and Bruce – Neuron Culture’s…
- July 2011. Towards “Tera-Terra”: Terabase Sequencing of Terrestrial Metagenomes
- June 11, 2011. com – O maior e melhor conteúdo em Alagoas:…
- June 2011. Don’t know much about phylogeny. Genome Technology.
- May 11, 2011. David Dobbs on Jonathan Eisen’s attempt to free up all the papers of his father: Free Science, One Paper at a Time | Wired Science | Wired.com
- May 2011. Ben Franklin Award
- March-June 2011. Stalking the fourth domain paper.
- Blog post about “fourth domain” paper picked as PLoS Blog Pick of the Month
- New paper on “stalking the fourth domain” published. Some press coverage. For more detail see blog post here
- The Economist: A new domain of life: plenty more bugs in the sea. The Economist. FourthDomain.pdf
- Microbe Magazine: Metagenomic Analysis Suggests Fourth Domain within Tree of Life
- March 2011. Jonathan Eisen wins Benjamin Franklin Open Science award
- February 16, 2011. Ex PhD student Amber Hartman Features in LA Times Story
- December 2010. Post Doc Morgan Langille featured in Genome Technology
- December 2010. Arsenic life story.
- November 2010.Microbiology goes digital.Microbe Magazine.
- DOE JGI Primer on GEBA Project.
- October 2010: You Aren’t Blogging Yet. The Scientist.
- October 2010. SPARC – Science in the genes … Story about the Eisen family and Open Science
- June 27, 2010. Sacramento Bee, The : UC fumes at publisher over $1 million…
- April 2010. News coverage of Biotorrents Paperby Langille and Eisen.
- Eisen blog
- Langille’s blog,
- ARS Technica
- Nature News Blog
- GBMF news item
- GenomeWeb blog
- April 8, 2010: Chelsea Ward article in Science Newson Open Science including interview with Jonathan Eisen
- February 2010: Beyond Darwin’s Wildest Dreams.Genome Technology article.
- News about the “Genomic Encyclopedia” paper in Nature.
- Dec 29, 2009: New York Timesarticle by Carl Zimmer
- ¿Cuántos microbios viven en la Tierra? | TENDENCIAS
- Tehran Times : Scientists start a genomic catalog of Earth’s…
- Microbial encyclopaedia guided by evolution : Nature News
- November 2009.This month in Blogs from Genome Technology
- November 2009. Is peer review broken? Genome Technology article.
- November 2009. MTS38 – An Embarrassment of Genomes, Podcast interviewfrom Microbe World
- November 17, 2009. Biologists rally to sequence ‘neglected’ microbesby Elie Dolgin in Nature.
- October 2009. Gregory Petsko discusses Tree of Life blog inpaper in Genome Biology.
- September 23, 2009. Sacramento Bee, The : UC Davis professors ‘walkout’ debate
- September 16, 2009. UPI: Ileostomy patients: Different gut bacteria.
- September 2009. Genomic Analyses Could Lead to “Field Guide to Microbes”
- July 28, 2009. Selected by Scientific American as one of six scientists to follow on Twitter
- July 22, 2009. Amerlia Williamson in International Science Grid This Week: Computing enables identification of microbe DNA in soil.
- July 2009. Twitter: What’s All the Chirping About?By Elia Ben-Ari in Bioscience
- June 24, 2009. Geoff Brumfiel in Nature News: Science journalism: Breaking the convention?
- June 2009. The Human Terrain. Energy Times articleby Claire Sykes on human associated microbes.
- May 2009. Straight from the gut. Nature Magazine: Article featuring work in the Eisen lab on intestinal transplants.
- May 2009. Genes That Fit Podcast& Radio Show. From SETI radio. Interview w/ J. Eisen and others.
- May 8, 2009. Matt Herper in Forbes: Could Bacteria Be A Throat-Cancer Culprit? – Forbes.com
- April 2009. Brain gain: The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs. New Yorker article
- April 2009. Genome Technology Magazine. Metagenomics on the Move.
- April 20, 2009. Brain-Doping at the Lab Bench | Singularity Hub
- April 19, 2009. Daniel MacArthur Jonathan Eisen: Lessons learned at the Joint Genome Institute User Meeting
- January 2009. Computing evolution. ScienceNews.
- January 5, 2009. New York Daily News: Super powers: Where can I get some?
2008 and before
- November 28, 2008. Terrestrial origin mooted for more microbes : Nature Newsby Matt Kaplan
- October 28, 2008. Psicofármacos e investigación científica
- October 23, 2008. Vanguardiastory on Brain Doping April Fools Joke
- September 2007. Forbes Article on CCDby Matt Herper.
- August 8, 2007. Venture Beat on a “Human Microbiome Project“
- March 2007. Nature “Microbes reveal extent of biodiversity” story.
- December 2006. Sacramento News and Review Life Itself
- 2006 Glassy Winged Sharpshooter Symbionts
- September 2006: Microbe Magazine on Sharpshooter symbionts
- June 2006Science Now on Sharpshooter symbionts
- June 2006: Central Valley Business Times on Sharpshooter
- June 2006: Nature on Sharpshooter symbionts.
- June 2006:More on sharpshooter
- May 2006. Nature News article “Synthetic Biologists Try to Calm Fears”
- Carboxydothermus hydrogenoformansgenome
- September 2004. East Bay Express Publisher for the People
- March 2004. WolbachiaPress Release Innovations report
- December 2002. Esquire Magazine Best and Brightest
- Novemebr 2002. New Scientist article on Tree of Life grants.
- October 9, 2002.Label fight heats up in Oregonby Elizabeth Weise in USA Today.
- July 2002. A Theory Evolves. US News and World Report.
- July 2002. Clues to the Evolution of Photosynthesis in the Hindu.
- April 2002. Sorting the Microbes from the Treesby Malorye A. Branca in BioIT World.
- January 21, 2002. Faculty of 1000 review highlighted in The Scientist.
- December 2011.In US News and World Report
- May 2001. Researchers Challenge Recent Claim That Humans Acquired 223
- Bacterial Genes During Evolutionby Edward Winstead in Genome News Network.
- December 2000. UC Davis Press Release on the Arabidopsis genome
- March 2000. Retrovirusesby Paul Karr in the University of Georgia Research Magazine.
- May 26, 1999. Hot trail of stolen genes.By Mark Sincell in Science Now.
- June 18, 1997. Stanford News Story about Eisen winning the Walter J. Gores Award
- April 1997. Stanford News Story #2 about the Science Core
- April 1995. Stanford News Story #1 about the Science Core
Press Coverage for Project MERCCURI Space Microbes Project
- Season 3, Episode 1 “Xploration Outer Space”| Fox (requires Hulu subscription) (9-10-16)
- Phát hiện vi khuẩn Trái đất sinh trưởng bùng phát trong vũ trụ| Vietnam Net (3-28-16)
- Study finds bacteria that grows more readily in space than on Earth| RedOrbit (3-25-16)
- For bacteria, life in space is better than on Earth| UPI (3-24-16)
- This common bacterium grows 60% better in space than on Earth| ZME Science (3-24-16)
- Bacteria found to thrive better in space than on Earth| The Conversation (3-24-16)
- Bacterial Strain Grows 60 Percent Better In Space Than On Earth| Tech Times (3-24-16)
- Cette étrange bactérie se développe mieux dans l’espace que sur Terre!| Futura-Sciences (3-24-16)
- Scientists Identify a Bacteria That Grows Over Twice as Fast In Space Than on Earth| Inverse (3-23-16)
- Space gives bacteria room to grow| NewsHub (3-23-16)
- Ученые нашли бактерии, размножающиеся в космосе быстрее, чем на Земле| Gazeta (3-23-16)
- La bacteria espacial que puede guardar los secretos para vivir en el espacio| Omicrono (3-23-16)
- Бактерия открыла для себя новые возможности на МКС| National Geographic Russia (3-23-16)
- Deze bacterie groeit beter in de ruimte dan op aarde| Scientias (3-23-16)
- The bacteria that grow better in SPACE| Daily Mail (3-23-16)
- Bacillus safensis, el microorganismo espacial| La Voz (3-22-16)
- This common bacterium grows 60% better in space than on Earth| Science Alert (3-22-16)
- La bacteria ‘espacial’ que crece más estando en órbita| El Pais (3-22-16)
- Cheerleaders Help Discover Bacteria That Grows Better In Zero-Gravity| HowStuffWorksNOW (3-22-16)
- This Common Microbe Grows Better in Space than on Earth| Motherboard (3-22-16)
- Guest Post – Stadium Seat Bacteria| PeerJ (12-9-15)
- Cheerleader helps discover novel bacterium| Seattle Science Writer (11-16-15)