Swab: A Struggle with Genetic Discrimination

By Fiona Luo Swab, swab, swab. The swabbers swarmed her, and everywhere there were test tubes, cotton balls, needles and so many hands, which swabbed the inside of her cheek, which forced the screeching jaws open and tore off handfuls of those glossy red locks, that tore off nails and skin and hair — anything … Continue reading Swab: A Struggle with Genetic Discrimination

Mushroom Mania: The Bizarre, Lovely World of Mycology

Mushroom hunting sometimes gets a bad rap, whether because of associations with “magic mushrooms” or horror stories about accidental poisonings. But mushroom hunting offers a fascinating glimpse into the mycological wonderland of our backyards, parks, and forests. By Daria Syskine Unidentified mushrooms (possibly family Psathyrellaceae) at Rancho San Antonio Park. Like other fungi, they’re small … Continue reading Mushroom Mania: The Bizarre, Lovely World of Mycology