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Michael White

Michael White
Michael White is a systems biologist at the Department of Genetics and the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he studies how DNA encodes information for gene regulation. He co-founded the online science pub The Finch and Pea. Follow him on Twitter @genologos.

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Genes Are Us

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The Consequences of Curing Childhood Cancer

The majority of American children with cancer will be cured, but it may leave them unable to have children of their own. Should preserving fertility in cancer survivors be a research priority?

Their Money

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What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?

Congress wants to know.

Genes Are Us

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Is Social Media Saving Science?

Online discussions and post-publication analyses are catching mistakes that sneak past editorial review.

Genes Are Us

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Genes Affect Our Behavior, but So Does the Environment

Despite the recent discovery of the “blonde gene,” environmental differences and genetic effects remain inextricably linked.

Genes Are Us

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Elizabeth Taylor, My Great-Grandpa, and the Future of Antibiotics

While it’s not clear whether or not they worked for the Cleopatra star over a half-century ago, phage treatments could help solve the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Genes Are Us

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We Now Can Edit Our Genes, but Should We?

Some gene-shifting possibilities once only thought to be in the realm of science fiction could soon be a reality.

Genes Are Us

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Should Researchers Warn Their Subjects About Genetic Danger?

It seems like an easy question, but the indirect correlation between genetic mutations and disease risk muddles up the ethics.

Genes Are Us

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Why Statistically Significant Studies Aren’t Necessarily Significant

Modern statistics have made it easier than ever for us to fool ourselves.

Genes Are Us

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Why Your Race Isn’t Genetic

DNA doesn’t determine race. Society does.

Hot in Here

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Resistance to Climate Change Is Killing the Government’s Ability to Use Science

Legislative opposition to climate change isn’t just keeping us from having a proper conversation about the problem. It’s destroying our ability to act.

Genes Are Us

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Autism Shows Why Disease Is So Hard to Solve

What’s not a cause of autism? Vaccines. What is? Genetics—but only in a partial, tangled, complicated way that we’re still trying to figure out.

Genes Are Us

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Your Genes Are Obsolete

Genes don’t consistently do what we once thought they would, so it’s time to reconsider what we mean when we say the word.

Genes Are Us

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It’s a Great Time for the Life Sciences, but a Terrible Time to Be a Life Scientist

Despite numerous recent breakthroughs and discoveries, the extreme competition and lab-research feedback loop don’t bode well for the future of the field.

Genes Are Us

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Are Lab Mice of Men?

There have always been limitations to experiments done on mice, but new technology, which allows scientists to replace mouse genes with human genes, could clear the way for new ground to be broken.

The Things We Eat

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How Climate Change Will Affect Our Ancient Relationship With Our Most Important Grain

At a time when the worldwide wheat supply needs to grow, we might not even be able to keep it from diminishing.

In the Classroom

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Why We Need to Teach the Evolution ‘Controversy’ in Schools

All good science should aim to convince outsiders that a consensus has been reached without any biases. Even evolution.

This Is Your Brain

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Why We Care About the Big Bang (and Everything Else)

Although our curiosity concerning the origins of the universe might not be practical, it’s uniquely human.

Genes Are Us

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Why Scientists Need to Learn How to Share

Despite ethical fears over work being co-opted, the benefits of scientific cooperation are too big to keep avoiding.

Genes Are Us

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It Doesn’t Matter That Not Everything Matters

Why scientists need to stop worrying about whether or not everything in biology serves a purpose.

Genes Are Us

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Do Your Grandmother’s Experiences Really Make It Into Your Genes?

Epigenetics is a hot field right now, and while many recent findings aren’t nearly as revolutionary as its practitioners believe, we have seen some provocative study results that are hard to dismiss.

Genes Are Us

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Scientific Publishing Is Killing Science

Here’s how to fix it.

You Don't Know America

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How Immigrants Make American Science Great

While the rest of the world is catching up, the United States is still the leader in quality science research—thanks to people from other countries.

Genes Are Us

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We Made Love, Not War, With Neanderthals

Throughout human history, there’s been at least one constant: inter-group sex.

Genes Are Us

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Darwin Day and the Science of Science Denial

Why Charles Darwin is the perfect figure for an international celebration of science.

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NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been lost from beneath the Colorado River over the past 10 years.

How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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