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Jessica Wapner

Jessica Wapner


Jessica Wapner is a freelance writer as equally fascinated by what’s under the microscope as by the people behind it. She writes often about the intersection of health, disease and social justice.

Her articles have been published in Scientific American, Slate, Aeon,, AARP, New York, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Her first book, The Philadelphia Chromosome: A genetic mystery, a lethal cancer, and the improbable invention of a lifesaving treatment, was published in 2013.

Jessica earned her degree in biology after studying mockingbird song for four years, and later served as an editor for professional medical journals before turning to writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. 

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