Chris Mooney

Research and Destroy

Brind, now a professor of biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York, had an uphill battle ahead of him. Studies dating back to 1957 had found varying results on whether abortion raises the risk of breast cancer, but scientists frequently cited methodological flaws in the positive studies. Then in… Read more »

Bucking the Gipper

Pro-life groups were gaga for such a study, and it’s not hard to see why. Proof of abortion’s negative side effects–if such effects existed–would both discourage women from undergoing the procedure and also fuel lawsuits against abortion providers. And in the long run, such evidence could serve as a key device for overturning Roe v…. Read more »

Paralysis by Analysis

If Tozzi is shameless about his extracurricular activities, he’s equally proud of the work that occupies his daylight hours. As the flamboyant head of an industry-funded, for-profit think tank called the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, Tozzi has made his career in the decidedly unflamboyant field of government regulation. In the three decades or so since… Read more »

Food Fight

Nestle is chair of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and a leading food safety expert who has sat on numerous government panels devoted to the subject. The first part of her book is chiefly concerned with the not always successful federal efforts to keep deadly bacteria out of… Read more »