Author: Laura Meek

Fugitive Science: Beer Brewing & Experiments with Pharmaceuticals in Tanzania

Laura Meek , February 16th, 2021


When I originally arrived to start fieldwork in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, I set out to observe the scientific practices through which counterfeit drugs were identified at…


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Mercury’s Toxic Touch

Laura Meek , October 2nd, 2020


In Peru’s gold-rich Amazonian region of Madre de Dios (the Mother of God), the global demand for the precious metal has incentivized migration from the Andes to the…


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Going Viral in Hong Kong

Laura Meek , March 3rd, 2020


Disease is but the most obvious part of an epidemic. As coronavirus spreads, it fuels many other kinds of contagious forces. AN editor’s note: How can anthropology help…


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Fieldnotes on Bribes, Smiles, and Myths

Laura Meek , October 31st, 2019


This summer, a new billboard in Vilnius Old Town, caught my eye. A healthy-looking man was pointing his finger up and informing Lithuanians, “Don’t Believe the Myths—patients are…


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