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"Experimental Man" Duncan Presents Lecture on Personalized Medicine

Release Date: 04-08-2009

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
Phone: 802/656-7875 Fax: 802-656-3961

David Ewing Duncan dedicated several long years to serving as a medical test subject in order to get a first-hand perspective on the potential impact of cutting-edge diagnostic technology on humans. He endured extensive tests and analyses — of his genes, of environmental elements on his system, and of his brain and body — and now he has a book to prove it.

Titled Experimental Man: What one man's body reveals about his future, your health, and our toxic world (John Wiley, March 2009), the book's subject was the focus of a lecture by Duncan on April 13, which was presented by the University of Vermont Environmental Pathology program and Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and the Vermont Cancer Center.

A contributing editor and columnist for Condé Nast Portfolio, a chief correspondent for National Public Radio Talk's "Biotech Nation," and a commentator for NPR's "Morning Edition," Duncan also serves as the director of the Center for Life Science Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to Experimental Man, he has authored six books and numerous essays, articles and short stories, and served as a contributing editor to Wired and Discover, as a special correspondent and producer for ABC's "Nightline" and "20/20," as a correspondent for NOVA's "ScienceNow!," and as a producer for Discovery Television. He is the founder and editorial director of the BioAgenda Institute, an independent, non-profit program of events and educational initiatives that discusses and analyzes crucial issues in life sciences — which is being folded into the UC Berkeley's Center for Life Science Policy.

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