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Sharon Moalem MD, PhD, is an award winning neurogeneticist and evolutionary biologist. His work brings evolution, genetics, biology and medicine together to explain how the body works in new and fascinating ways. As a college student he was given as a gift to the King of Thailand to work in an orphanage for HIV positive children. Since then Dr. Moalem went on to cofound a biotech company and developed an antimicrobial drug designed to address the growing problem of superbug infections such as MRSA. Dr. Moalem and his work have been featured on CNN, in the New York Times, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today Show, Bloomberg Night Talk and in magazines such as New Scientist, Elle, and Martha Stewart's Body + Soul, O-The Oprah Magazin ...more

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“Why would you take a drug that is guaranteed to kill you in forty years? One reason, right? It's the only thing that will stop you dying tomorrow.”
Sharon Moalem, Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

“By the way, the next time you get your cholesterol checked, make a note of the season. Because sunlight converts cholesterol to vitamin D, cholesterol levels can be higher in winter months, when we continue to make and eat cholesterol but there’s less sunlight available to convert it.”
Sharon Moalem, Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

“far as to say that white-skinned people are actually black-skinned mutants who lost the ability to produce significant amounts of eumelanin. Redheads, with their characteristic milky white skin and freckles, may be a further mutation along the same lines. In order to survive in places with infrequent and weak sunlight, such as in parts of the U.K., they may have evolved in a way that almost completely knocked out their body’s ability to produce eumelanin, the brown or black pigment.”
Sharon Moalem, Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

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