“Pandemic diseases hold an irresistible allure for both writers and readers, as they involve threats both universal and personal, deep scientific mysteries from cellular to ecosystem levels, and urgent scientific sleuthing with high stakes. If the subject sometimes lends itself to oversimplified and sensationalistic journalism, it has also inspired a bounty of writing that is riveting while being thoughtful, nuanced, and deeply informed. And this work comes in every form and length, from 140-character tweets to 600-page global tours.”
I write on science, nature, and culture for the New York Times, National Geographic Slate, Nature, and other publications; I've also written three books. More on all that is at daviddobbs.net. For blog posts tied closely tied to those interests, see my main working blog, NeuronCulture.