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Thousands of years after humans discovered opioids, we’re just beginning to understand how these substances warp the brain and change behaviors.
Bacteria don’t laugh, cry, or get angry. They have no emotions of their own. Yet Mucida suspects they have considerable influence in the human body, including sway over our thoughts and feelings.
The legendary double helix ought to share some credit with its sidekick, a
frail but clever little thing called RNA.
To cure a disease, we need to understand its biological and behavioral causes, as well as the whole gamut of factors shaping people’s lives, McEwen says.