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Nathaniel Comfort
Professor, Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Nathaniel Comfort is the Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology at NASA/Library of Congress and professor of history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His latest book is The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine (2012).

Written by Nathaniel Comfort

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Genetics
Better babies

The long and peculiar history of the designer human, from Plato’s citizen breeders to Nobel sperm banks and beyond

Nathaniel Comfort