Amanda Schaffer

Amanda Schaffer is a science and medical columnist for Slate.

Medical Examiner
Oct. 7 2009 12:17 PMSniffing Out Swine FluResearchers hope to create a better way to diagnose swine flu and other ailments.
The XX Factor
May 13 2009 10:40 AMBreast-feeding Wars, Exhibit 798
Medical Examiner
March 16 2009 1:01 PMDiabetes of the BrainIs Alzheimer's disease actually a form of diabetes?
Medical Examiner
Nov. 6 2008 6:49 AMHigh ExpectationsResearch into medicinal marijuana grows up.
Five-ring Circus
July 16 2008 4:48 PMDara Torres, DemystifiedDo the swimmer's "secrets to success" hold up?
Medical Examiner
July 4 2008 7:18 AMThe Ghost of Larry Summers
Medical Examiner
July 2 2008 6:27 AMEmpathy Queens
Medical Examiner
July 1 2008 7:50 AMMeet the Believers
Medical Examiner
Jan. 29 2008 4:59 PMThe Pill, a Rock OperaIts long-running health saga.
Medical Examiner
Dec. 18 2007 11:48 AMEnding the Great Pill Price HikeCongress, step up for college women before the year ends.
Book Blitz
Oct. 31 2007 7:31 AMFall BooksOur take on this season's books.
The Sex Issue
Sept. 26 2007 7:34 AMAmerican Sex PortraitFifty years after Alfred Kinsey, what more do we know?
Medical Examiner
July 12 2007 1:06 PMBug ZappersThe best futuristic ideas for killing drug-resistant bacteria.
Medical Examiner
June 19 2007 7:31 AMFishing for ParameciaMaking art out of the wizardry of biotech.
Medical Examiner
April 20 2007 12:16 PMNo More VirginalSpend $1 billion on abstinence education. Get nothing.
The XX Factor
May 20 2009 1:38 PMNew Clues to Cancer Prevention
April 29 2009 2:49 PMAmerica's Got Science TalentThe biomedical research community goes bananas for $200 million in stimulus funding.
Medical Examiner
Dec. 30 2008 8:00 AMThe Tissue of YouthIs human placenta a wonder drug, or is it just another Japanese health fad?
Aug. 20 2008 4:54 PMViz WhizHow artists are mining data sets to make you see the unseen.
Medical Examiner
July 7 2008 10:10 AMThe Next Best-Seller
Medical Examiner
July 3 2008 7:05 AMMars, Venus, Babies, and Hormones
Medical Examiner
July 1 2008 7:50 AMPick a Little, Talk a Little
Feb. 1 2008 7:29 AMWinter BooksWhat Slate is reading this winter.
Jan. 14 2008 7:35 AMThe Psychosomatic SecretThe unscientific allure of mind-body medicine.
Medical Examiner
Nov. 7 2007 7:22 AMIn Which I Bug MyselfTracking my calorie burn in real time.
The Sex Issue
Sept. 27 2007 7:29 AMPas de DeuxWhy are there only two sexes?
Medical Examiner
Aug. 14 2007 2:51 PMSunny DazeIs tanning addictive? Does sunscreen really help prevent skin cancer? And other burning summer questions.
July 3 2007 7:24 AMSummer BooksWhat Slate is reading this summer.
Medical Examiner
April 27 2007 4:10 PMDon't ShootWhy video games really are linked to violence.
Medical Examiner
April 9 2007 2:01 PMThe Lurking Elizabeth Edwards QuestionDo pregnancy and fertility treatment increase the risk of breast cancer?



Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

View From Chicago

You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney

Or at least trade it for something.

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Terrorism, Immigration, and Ebola Are Combining Into a Supercluster of Anxiety

The Legal Loophole That Allows Microsoft to Seize Assets and Shut Down Companies

  News & Politics
Oct. 19 2014 1:05 PM Dawn Patrol Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s critically important 5 a.m. wake-up call on voting rights.
Business Insider
Oct. 19 2014 11:40 AM Pot-Infused Halloween Candy Is a Worry in Colorado
Oct. 17 2014 5:26 PM Judge Begrudgingly Strikes Down Wyoming’s Gay Marriage Ban
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 17 2014 4:23 PM A Former FBI Agent On Why It’s So Hard to Prosecute Gamergate Trolls
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 8:32 AM Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy—and a Mess. Can the Movies Fix It?
Future Tense
Oct. 17 2014 6:05 PM There Is No Better Use For Drones Than Star Wars Reenactments
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 20 2014 7:00 AM Gallery: The Red Planet and the Comet
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PM Oh What a Relief It Is How the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.