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
Science
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?
Culturebox
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
Books
Feb. 1 2008 7:29 AMWinter BooksWhat Slate is reading this winter.
Books
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.
Books
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?

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