Nathaniel C. Comfort

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Nathaniel C. Comfort is an American historian specialising in the history of biology. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and he previously was employed in the history department at The George Washington University. He is currently working on the history of human and medical genetics in America.

Comfort is best known for his 2001 biography of Barbara McClintock, The Tangled Field: Barbara McClintock's Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control. He has published several journal articles on the same topic, and was widely praised for his reinterpretation of the response to McClintock's work on controlling elements.

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  • The Tangled Field: Barbara McClintock's Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control. Harvard University Press, 2001
  • (Ed.) The Panda's Black Box: Opening up the Intelligent Design Controversy. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
  • The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine. Yale University Press, 2012.


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