Dan Samorodnitsky

Biochemistry

Carnegie Mellon University

My name's Dan. I'm a biochemist. I used to work on DNA-binding proteins (similar to Cas9, but not Cas9). After that I worked on prion diseases, like Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease. Now I work on sea urchins, studying how they grow skeletons. If you’ll just let me fumble with this easel for a moment I’ll explain.

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Opening Our Minds

Join five scientists as they explain the research behind new psychedelic treatments for mental illnesses

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You Don't Know GMOs

We've gathered a team of geneticists, biologists, and environmental scientists to bring you the most up-to-date report on the science, history, and safety of genetically-modified organisms.

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Genetically modified crops are way more common than you'd think

It's not just about what you eat – GM crops make their way into everything

Carl Zimmer explores the mysteries and contradictions of genetics

In 'She Has Her Mother's Laugh,' Zimmer reveals the lawlessness of our genes

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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