Claudia Dreifus

Contributing Writer

Photo of James P. Allison sitting at his desk at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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The Contrarian Who Cures Cancers

February 3, 2020

James P. Allison believed that unleashing the immune system was a way to beat cancer when almost no one else did. A Nobel Prize and a growing list of cancer survivors vindicate him.

Art for "In Ecology Studies and Selfless Ants, He Finds Hope for the Future"
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In Ecology Studies and Selfless Ants, He Finds Hope for the Future

May 15, 2019

For more than six decades, the influential biologist Edward O. Wilson has drawn connections between evolution, ecology and behavior, often sparking controversies inside and outside of science.

Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, at his home in Cambridge, England.
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On the Best Use of Science to Safeguard Humanity

December 5, 2018

For 50 years, the astrophysicist Martin Rees has contributed to our understanding of cosmology. Now he is speaking up about the promise and potential dangers of the science and technology that will arrive over the next 50 years and beyond.

About the author

Claudia Dreifus is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. She also teaches one of the first ever courses on science journalism for scientists at Columbia University's Earth Institute.