Michael Specter, Staff Writer, The New Yorker | Dean’s Lecture Series 2017
Michael Specter has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and focuses on science, technology, and public health. Since joining the magazine, he has written about the global AIDS epidemic, avian influenza, malaria, the world’s diminishing freshwater resources, synthetic biology, the debate over the meaning of our carbon footprint, and editing DNA with CRISPR technology. He has also written profiles of Lance Armstrong, Richard Branson, the ethicist Peter Singer, Dr. Oz, the anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva, Sean (P. Diddy) Combs, and Miuccia Prada. Since September, Specter has been a visiting scholar at Bio-X where he is working on a book about editing genes.