Peter Hotez

Back in the 1980s, when I was an MD/PhD student in New York, I learned a lot about biochemistry and molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases. I also gained some understanding about the culture of science (mostly through diffusion). At that time, the culture said that directly engaging public audiences was a risky endeavor, and attempting to directly interact with journalists, even serious science journalists, was often frowned upon and potentially something that violated the professional norms of the scientist. Years later, in speaking with colleagues, I realized that I was not alone in my cultural immersion.

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