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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD
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Dov Michaeli, M.D., Ph.D. loves to write about the brain and human behavior as well as translate complicated basic science concepts into entertainment for the rest of us.

He was a professor and basic science researcher at the University of California San Francisco where he also taught biochemistry to medical students. During this time he was also the Editor of Lange Medical Publications, a company that developed and produced medical texts that were widely used by health professionals around the world.

He eventually left academia to enter the world of biotech. He served as the Chief Medical Officer of biotech companies, including Aphton Corporation. He also founded and served as the CEO of Madah Medica, an early-stage biotech company that developed products to improve post-surgical pain control.

He is now retired and enjoys working out, following the stock market, traveling the world, and, of course, writing for TDWI.

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Can You Believe in Science and Still Vote for Trump?

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Most people understand the primacy of scientific facts in ordering our personal and public life, but a more primal imperative, tribalism, often wins out.
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Lecithin Supplements: Understanding the Risks and Benefits

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Before you take lecithin supplements, you should weigh the lack of credible evidence of benefits against scientific literature that suggests safety concerns.
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What Can We Learn About Fatherhood From Science?

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A scientist explores what we can learn about fatherhood from the science of the brain, hormones, and behavior. Read more!
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Do Optimism and Pessimism Impact Health Outcomes?

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Many scientific studies have found links between optimism and better health outcomes. The converse is true for pessimism .
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Why Dogs Don’t Get Schizophrenia, But People Do

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Dogs suffer from almost every psychiatric disorder that afflicts humans, except one - schizophrenia. Evolutionary genetics explains why.
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Why Is Vitamin B12 So Important?

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Vitamin B12's metabolic reach includes DNA synthesis, hemoglobin production, & nerve function. Perhaps that's why body stores are huge relative to daily intake.
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Why You Probably Don’t Need to Worry About Getting Cancer

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You likely don't need to worry about getting cancer because 2/3 of us will remain cancer-free during our lifetimes. Cancer research helps us to understand why.
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A Brief But Powerful History of the Color Purple

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For much of history, the color purple was hard to get leading the elite to keep the color for themselves. Then came the age of enlightenment
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What Makes Humans Different from the Rest of the Animals?

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What makes humans different from animals? Exploring the answer to this question has led researchers to make some fascinating discoveries.
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Does Your Dog Have Personality? But of Course!

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Dog behavior has been shaped by millennia of contact with humans. So it shouldn't surprise us that they have personality traits similar but not identical to our own.
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What We Can Learn About Ourselves from the Genome of Honeybees

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A remarkable study of the genomics and behavior of honeybees has revealed important insights into human behavior and metabolism.
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Science Shines a Light on the Evolution of Music and Language

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Scientific experiments help elucidate the evolution of music from a meaningless jumble of sounds into a more coherent form of human communication.