Dan Samorodnitsky

Biochemistry

My name's Dan. I'm a biochemist who studies proteins. I carry a bindle filled with loose test tubes from place to place, doing what work needs doing. Right now I work on prion diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Chronic Wasting Disease.

Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious

A new book humanizes the legend, but few will want to read it

Should peer review stop being anonymous?

Prominent researchers can take the gamble, but junior scientists risk retribution

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Science brawls, explained by a scientist

Here's what scientists are feuding about online this week

Henry Greely, bioethicist and attorney, on why genetic tech isn't so scary

'I probably wouldn’t regulate anything except possibly parents'

Will genetic choice make sex obsolete?

Anyone hoping to shop for blemish-free, farm-to-crib babies with no diseases and a poet’s soul will be disappointed

Genes are like the cosmos: the more we discover, the more we have to explore

"I don't know how to keep the air in my chest thinking about the scale and size of the unknown"

The Republican tax plan would hurt students and young people. We can't let it pass

Making tuition waivers taxable would keep students out of the middle class the proposal claims to protect

Scientists found an entire herpes virus genome hiding out in fish DNA

Researchers have made a bizarre discovery involving transposons, parasitic DNA found in fish (and humans)

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Dear Harvard, Berkeley, and MIT: don't patent CRISPR

Everyone should benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime discovery

Diabetes is a much stranger disease than I realized

We don't really know what causes diabetes, but it involves these misshapen proteins infecting each other

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Should peer review stop being anonymous?

Prominent researchers can take the gamble, but junior scientists risk retribution

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Scientific knowledge is drowning in a flood of research

A comic about the problems with the -omics, illustrated by Matteo Farinella

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