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Nathaniel Comfort is a professor in the Department of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. From 1997 to 2002, he was on the history faculty at The George Washington University, where he also served as Deputy Director of the Center for History of Recent Science. The Center’s director and founder was Horace Freeland Judson (
The Eighth Day of Creation
), who, along with John McPhee and Monty Python, Comfort considers among his biggest writing influences. Comfort’s books include
The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine
The Tangled Field: Barbara McClintock’s Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control
(Harvard, 2001), and the edited volume,
The Panda’s Black Box: Opening Up the Intelligent Design Debate
(Johns Hopkins, 2007). In addition to scholarly articles, he has written for
New York Times Book Review
, National Public Radio,
Nature, Science, New Scientist, The Believer,
and other publications. Should he expire tomorrow, he would be survived, in decreasing size order, by a son, a wife, a daughter, a dog, a cat, another cat, and still another cat.
A “new” account of the double helix? Nah.
Science, Scientism, and Stephen Pinker
Making DNA “DNA”
The First Lawyer of Behavior Genetics Speaks Out Against Plomin’s Blueprint
The Eugenics Crusade, on PBS’s The American Experience
Lies, damned lies, and GWAS
TBT: Galàpagos Tortoise
Your DNA is Weirder than You Think
Terms and conditions: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 2: In excess – Sprawl
Microbe Safari II: Geyser Creek