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Dan Samorodnitsky

Biochemistry

SUNY Buffalo

My name's Dan. I'm the Senior Editor at Massive Science. When I was a researcher, I would read paper after paper, wishing scientists would write like humans. Now, at Massive, I am striking "furthermore" and "additionally" from the human lexicon.

Dan has contributed to 3 reports

Massive Science Report № 3

You Are What You Meat

We worked with scientists in the field to explain how we’re growing meats in labs—and when you can eat them. It's your introduction to the next agricultural revolution.

Massive Science Report № 2

Opening Our Minds

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

Massive Science Report № 1

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.

Dan has authored 25 articles

Meet Annie Easley, the barrier-breaking mathematician who helped us explore the solar system

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She overcame life-long racial discrimination to complete a long and impactful career at NASA

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An anonymous COVID-19 contact tracing app that warns you when your friends are sick

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A different kind of contact tracing sounds an alarm when people in your social circle are falling ill

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

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

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Should peer review stop being anonymous?

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

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Carl Zimmer explores the mysteries and contradictions of genetics

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

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The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory

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To explain where SARS-CoV-2 came from, look at processes with scientific explanations and precedents

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

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

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Diabetes is a much stranger disease than I realized

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

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The NIH is turning the human reference genome into a pangenome

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An interview with the creative team behind "The Human Pangenome"

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

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

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The protein Klotho could extend the life of the brain. Is that a good thing?

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Klotho originates in the brain but the hype has spread worldwide

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Science brawls, explained by a scientist

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Here's what scientists are feuding about online this week

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Climate strikers send a message: "Put your planet and its people over profit"

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"We are supposed to be the 'leaders of tomorrow', but are being forced to become the leaders of today because our current leaders refuse to hear our cries"

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What’s happening in Texas is climate nihilism

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The disastrous blackouts are the government admitting they don't care if some people die

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Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious

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

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The water supply for billions of people is drying up

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The cryosphere is melting, sea levels are rising, and oceans are acidifying, says upcoming IPCC report

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Meet Stephanie Kwolek, the woman who gave us bulletproof vests and yoga pants

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The long-serving DuPont chemist invented kevlar and contributed to spandex

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Will genetic choice make sex obsolete?

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

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Conquistadors brought disease to the pumpkins and squash of the Americas

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Cucumber disease, brought by invaders, jumped to native agriculture

Apollo 11 was just one space achievement of many in 1969

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There was the Crab Nebula, Apollo 12, and more

Take CRISPR/Cas9 outside, use it like a hand-held search engine for wild genomes

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Instead of little robots, using proteins as naturally occurring nanotechnology

Can men be bisexual?

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm

What is the COVID-19 polyclonal antibody treatment that President Trump took?

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It's a mix of different antibodies that target the virus slightly differently for a combined effect

Mars is hiding behind the Moon this morning

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It's a twice-a-year occultation; like the eclipse, but it's Mars, and there's no shadow

A continuously updated list of bad genetics studies

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Is there a gene for being a cat person? A dog person? A mean person? A selfish person?

The best science stories from around the web, hand-curated and eye-read by science writers

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The week's not over yet but it's been pretty good so far

The Trump administration puts transphobic pseudoscience into law

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They call it science but it's nothing of the sort

Sydney Brenner: the last giants of 20th century biology

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Losing one of the heroes of 20th century science

Space futurism is stupid

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There is no reason to think that billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk know what's best for humanity

These are the health effects of tear gas

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Tear gas can kill, but exposure can also cause chronic respiratory difficulty and severe eye injuries for months and potentially years after

USDA and FDA announce that they'll both regulate cellular agriculture, but at different stages

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The decision can be seen as a win for the companies that are working on cell-based meat products

Remembering Katherine Johnson. A space scientist's life in pictures

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A critical scientist for the space program, passed away today at 101

Apollo 11 brought messages from Earth to the Moon and then almost forgot about them

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A gold olive branch, an Apollo 1 commemoration, and messages from world leaders were tossed off the lander's ladder

Researchin' with urchins

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Take a look inside the lab of a sea urchin researcher