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David Dobbs writes features and essays for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Slate, Wired.com, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. Several of his stories have been chosen for leading science anthologies; most recently, his much-discussed feature for the Atlantic, "The Orchid Children," was selected by Jerome Groopman for Ecco/HarperPerennial's Best American Science Writing 2010. He is now writing a book, working title ...

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How Charles Darwin Seduced Asa Gray

wired.com — The history of science lives. Today it came to life over at the Atlantic, which just posted a key document in the fight over Darwin's theory of evolution: a review of Darwin's Origin of Species by Harvard botanist Asa Gray, which originally ran in the Atlantic in July 1860.
Nov 18, 2015

RT @FossilHistory: Today in 1810, botanist Asa Gray was born! Skilled naturalist & friend of Darwin. buff.ly/1MBtxWE #histstm https…

Brooke Borel’s strange story about Kevin Folta interviewing himself, among other (mis)adventures

daviddobbs.net — The Kevin Folta/Monsanto/Right-to-Know/COI variety show and bazaar just got even more bizarre. Brilliant reporting and writing here from Brooke Borel.
Oct 20, 2015

Brooke Borel’s strange story about Kevin Folta interviewing himself, among other (mis)adventures daviddobbs.net/smoothpebbles/…

Oct 20, 2015

RT @David_Dobbs: Brooke Borel’s strange story about Kevin Folta interviewing himself, among other (mis)adventures daviddobbs.net/smoothpebbles/…

Oct 20, 2015

RT @David_Dobbs: Brooke Borel’s strange story about Kevin Folta interviewing himself, among other (mis)adventures daviddobbs.net/smoothpebbles/…

Oct 20, 2015

Why I love @brookeborel's tragicomic story @buzzfeed on Kevin Folta's self-interviews & other (mis)adventures. j.mp/1jyDVqA

Oct 20, 2015

"cluelessness & seemingly benign self-deception can lead to COIs as readily as greed can" Spot on by @David_Dobbs daviddobbs.net/smoothpebbles/…

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Ernest Hemingway, Clutterbug - The New Yorker

daviddobbs.net — "Like his father, he saved every totem that touched his hand." "Hemingway was someone who felt the talismanic power of objects, of things, of the materiality of experience," Declan Kiely, who is a young and genial Englishman with Irish roots, said when I visited "Between Two Wars."

How Many Suicides Happened Because of Paxil's Misleading Safety Study?

theatlantic.com — A reexamination of old data for Paxil found that the antidepressant is more dangerous than the authors let on. How much harm has been done in the 14 years since it was published?
Sep 18, 2015

.@David_Dobbs has a new Atlantic piece on Paxil. I could alter it on our CMS but I fear I'd only improve it. theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Sep 18, 2015

Thrilled to have the great @David_Dobbs back at @TheAtlantic, with a righteous piece on the Paxil fiasco: theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Sep 18, 2015

How Many Suicides Were Caused by Paxil's Misleading Study? The human cost of hiding data: by me @TheAtlantic theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Sep 18, 2015

In high school, my mom refused to let me consider antidepressants because "they make kids commit suicide." Well: theatln.tc/1ODTMQ9

Sep 18, 2015

RT @andersen: Thrilled to have the great @David_Dobbs back at @TheAtlantic, with a righteous piece on the Paxil fiasco: theatlantic.com/health/archive…

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Paxil shown unsafe for teens, drugmaker congratulates self for sharing damning data it hid for years

daviddobbs.net — In 2001, a group of researchers published a study showing that Paxil, one of the first big SSRI antidepressants, was safe and effective for teens. Sales surged; over 2 million prescriptions were written for children and teens in 2002 alone.
Sep 17, 2015

Paxil shown unsafe for teens, drugmaker congratulates self for sharing damning data it hid when it counted daviddobbs.net/smoothpebbles/…

Sep 17, 2015

Paxil shown unsafe for teens, drugmaker congratulates self for sharing data it hid when it counted j.mp/1OyMTQ6 #Study329

Sep 17, 2015

RT @David_Dobbs: Paxil shown unsafe for teens, drugmaker congratulates self for sharing data it hid when it counted j.mp/1OyMTQ6 #Study329

Sep 17, 2015

RT @David_Dobbs: Paxil shown unsafe for teens, drugmaker congratulates self for sharing data it hid when it counted j.mp/1OyMTQ6 #Study329

Sep 17, 2015

#Paxil: drugmaker congratulates self for sharing damning data it hid for years daviddobbs.net/smoothpebbles/… via @david_dobbs

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Roberta Payne on the art of schizophrenia

daviddobbs.net — Roberta Payne, author of the superb memoir Speaking to My Madness, did the cover art on the current issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin. The issue also runs an essay she wrote about "schizophrenic art." I once drew on poster-size paper a gracefully diagonal, writhing black eel. So far, conventional structure that any artist might have planned.
Jul 29, 2015

Roberta Payne on the art of schizophrenia | Neuron Culture j.mp/1eAuNOU

The New York Times

nytimes.com — When Dr. Alan Schiller's 87-year-old mother died in January, "it took some convincing," Schiller says, to get his siblings to agree to an autopsy. "They said: 'She had Alzheimer's. Let her rest.' But I told them: 'No, something seems funny to me. An autopsy is the only way to be sure."' Schiller prevailed.

What we talk about when we talking about killing Obamacare

daviddobbs.net — We're actually talking about killing our neighbors. Late this month the Supreme Court is expected to rule on King v Burwell, a suit financed by the conservative right that seeks to use some trivial inconsistencies in phrasing to gut Obamacare in 37 states and possibly cripple it nationwide.
Jun 12, 2015

What we talk about when we talking about killing Obamacare daviddobbs.net/smoothpebbles/…

Jun 12, 2015

What we talk about when we talk about killing Obamacare. | A wee angry, even after deleting the F words. j.mp/1L2KGJ1

The limits of genetics - my essay at Buzzfeed

daviddobbs.net — A bit late to my own story here, as a reporting trip intervened, but but a couple weeks ago I wrote an essay for Buzzfeed about the overselling of medical genomics, which goes beyond hype in a way that distorts funding, science, and the public's ideas about genetics.

What Is Your DNA Worth

buzzfeed.com — "Success in sight: The eyes have it!" Thus the scientific journal Gene Therapy greeted the news, in 2008, that an experimental treatment was restoring vision to 12 people born with a congenital disorder that slowly left them blind. Healthy genes were injected to replace the faulty mutations in the patients' retinas, allowing an 8-year-old to ride a bike for the first time.
May 21, 2015

I've a new piece up @Buzzfeed: Weighing The Promises Of Big Genomics. j.mp/1IN17LA

May 21, 2015

RT @David_Dobbs: I've a new piece up @Buzzfeed: Weighing The Promises Of Big Genomics. j.mp/1IN17LA

May 21, 2015

Of genetics "we basically know diddly-squat." I know - rough talk. But not a radical position. Me @buzzfeed. j.mp/1IN17LA

May 21, 2015

RT @David_Dobbs: Of genetics "we basically know diddly-squat." I know - rough talk. But not a radical position. Me @buzzfeed. j.mp/1IN17LA

May 21, 2015

When a geneticist says, “We know almost nothing of genetics," stop overhyping the genomic revolution: j.mp/1SicXjT by @David_Dobbs

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Feb 06, 2016

@amy_harmon @antonioregalado The greater public investment in science alone justifies extra scrutiny of STEM. And the q sounds like a dodge

Feb 06, 2016

RT @antonioregalado: Just very, very roughly, each of Editas scientific founders will make more than $9 million today on paper

Feb 06, 2016

RT @amy_harmon: “I will not tolerate your harassment” - words many women who wrote me this week never heard, by @mwilsonsayres mathbionerd.blogspot.com/2016/02/you-ar…

Feb 06, 2016

RT @amy_harmon: Re: transparency on sexual misconduct - @Y_Gilad deserves alot of credit for talking to me, on the record, about Lieb’s hiring & resignation

Feb 06, 2016

RT @gabrielroth: This interview has been condensed, edited, and, in places, entirely fabricated, for clarity

Feb 06, 2016

@hels That job description is admirable. Love nod to great stories rising from Ed-writer relationships. Rare attitude re freelancers.

Feb 06, 2016

RT @hels: If you work at an imploding publication, a reminder that Eater is hiring a senior-level editor to oversee longform! boards.greenhouse.io/voxmedia/jobs/…

Feb 06, 2016

RT @hels: Have already DMed a variant on this to three different people! pic.twitter.com/7RH1nw2pcv

Feb 06, 2016

RT @hels: This is important, & applies to writing about anything honestly, not just mental health pic.twitter.com/P1ocgF1zCW


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