Carl Zimmer and Paul Offit on Genetics, Race, and Vaccinations at CSICon 2018

March 7, 2019

We find ourselves in the information age among many who, although have the access to proper and accurate scientific information, choose not to believe it.

What causes the parents of a newborn to avoid vaccines? Where do the misconceptions of genetics originate? Today on Point of Inquiry, Kavin Senapathy talks with Carl Zimmer and Dr. Paul A Offit while at CSICon 2018 about their research into vaccinations, science denial, and how some groups in the US have tried to use genes and heredity to argue in favor of white supremacy.

Carl Zimmer
Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer is an award-winning New York Times columnist and the author of 13 books about science. His newest book is She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.
You can find Zimmer on twitter: twitter.com/carlzimmer

Paul Offit
Paul Offit

Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Offit has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq.
You can find Offit on twitter: twitter.com/DrPaulOffit

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Links Mentioned in this Episode

The Charlemagne Society
The American Society of Human Genetics denounces white supremacy
Zimmer's book, "She Has Her Mother’s Laugh"
Offit's book, "Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information"