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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD
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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD 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 at the University of California San Francisco before leaving 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 developing products to improve post-surgical pain control. He is now retired and enjoys working out, following the stock market, travelling the world, and, of course, writing for TDWI.
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Why You Probably Don’t Need to Worry About Getting Cancer

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

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?

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!

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

A remarkable study of the genomics and behavior of honeybees has revealed important insights into human behavior and metabolism.
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Lecithin Supplements: Understanding the Risks and Benefits

Before you take lecithin supplements, you should weigh the lack of credible evidence of benefits against scientific literature suggesting safety concerns.
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Science Shines a Light on the Evolution of Music and Language

Scientific experiments help elucidate the evolution of music from a meaningless jumble of sounds into a more coherent form of human communication.
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What Can We Learn About Fatherhood From Science?

A scientist explores what we can learn about fatherhood from the science of the brain, hormones, and behavior. Read more!
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The Fascinating Case of the Hairy Penis

The hairy penis occurs in chimpanzees and male mammals of other lower species. How it disappeared during the evolution of man is a fascinating story.
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How Did We End Up in a Post-factual World?

Belief in alternative facts is the hallmark of the post-factual world. It arises from our tribal nature and is very difficult to change.
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What You Need to Know About Plant-Based Diets

Many people believe that a plant-based diet is good for you. But to really qualify for this designation, it must be supported by well-designed studies.
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Hate, Hate Speech, and Mass Murder

Political demagogues and peddlers of hate speech may not know the science of hate but they know precisely how to push the biologic buttons that can end in tragedy.