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My Science Life: Dr. Bill Sullivan, Showalter Professor Of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Welcome to the My Science Life feature of Dr. Bill Sullivan, Showalter Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), where he studies infectious disease. Bill has published over 70 papers in scientific journals and written for Scientific American, Scientific American MIND, Salon.com, GotScience.org, What Is Epigenetics, and more. He is writer and editor at

Memo To White Nationalists From A Geneticist: Why White Purity Is A Terrible Idea

On August 14th, UCLA researchers Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan presented findings of their study,  “When Genetics Challenges a Racist’s Identity: Genetic Ancestry Testing among White Nationalists,” at a sociology conference in Montreal. They’d analyzed 3,070 comments organized into 70 threads publicly posted to the (sometimes difficult to access) “social movement online community”  Stormfront. Former KKK

Is Health Care Innovation Better With Free Markets?

A great debate of United States politics in the 20th century rages on. The moment Donald Trump took to the White House as the unlikeliest candidate in recent history in January 2017, the Republican Party set one policy square in its crosshairs: the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially “Obamacare,” the most widely touted achievement of

Vaccines and Autism: Can the Debate be Reconciled?

Broadly speaking, the general public doesn’t read scientific journals. Most people subscribe to magazines like Time or Reader’s Digest, not academic publications like Nature or Science. Yet this doesn’t mean that scientific journals can’t have a massive impact on the way the public behaves. One fateful 1998 article in The Lancet sparked a debate that continues to rage to the present day, with