January 17, 2020

For Michelle Fleisher, the confusion started in sixth or seventh grade.

“I wasn’t really sure what I was,” Fleisher says. “I knew I wasn’t a boy ... I felt really off-put by my own being. I knew trans people existed, but I knew almost nothing about them. I felt more lik...

January 3, 2020

Jan. 2, 2020 -- Matthew Might’s son Bertrand was born with a devastating, ultra-rare genetic disorder.

Now 12, Bertrand has vibrant eyes, a quick smile, and a love of dolphins. But he nearly died last spring from a runaway infection. He can’t sit up on his own anymore,...

November 22, 2019

As a child, the pain crises of his sickle cell disease often landed Stephine McCants in the hospital for weeks at a time.

“I didn’t know how to deal with it,” he says. “I used to blame God. I used to blame everything -- because the pain would be that bad.”

Now McCants, 2...

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the biological


Regular contributor to The

New York Times, The Washington Post, 

Scientific American.com, WBUR radio and others. 

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