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David Ewing Duncan (b. 1958) is an Americanmarker journalist, author and broadcaster with a special emphasis on new discoveries and their implications in biotechnology and the life sciences; he also reports on the environment and on green technologies. He lives in San Franciscomarker.

In Media

Duncan is a Contributing Editor and Columnist for Conde Nast Portfolio; he is the Chief Correspondent of public radio's "Biotech Nation" (part of "Tech Nation") heard in 133 countries. He also has been a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition.

He is the best-selling author of six books, published in 19 languages. In March, 2009, his seventh book will be released: Experimental Man: What one man’s body reveals about his future, your health and our toxic world, based on award-winning articles he wrote for Wired and National Geographicmarker (John Wiley & Sons).

The book is interactive with the website The Experimental Man Project, a joint project with the Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley that is a source of information on high-tech testing for genomics, environmental impacts, and neurology for individuals.

Duncan’s previous book was Masterminds: Genius, DNA and the Quest to Rewrite Life. He is a former Contributing Editor to Wired, Discover and MIT Technology Review; he writes for National Geographic, Fortune and The Atlantic Monthly, among many others.

In television, he was a special correspondent and producer for ABC’s Nightline, and a correspondent for NOVA ScienceNow! His documentaries have been broadcast on ABC and Discovery Television.

His column for is called "Natural Selection".

Nonprofit and Academia

Duncan is the founder and director of the Center for Life Science Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is a Visiting Researcher at the Graduate School of Journalism. He is the founder and former director of The BioAgenda Institute for Life Science Policy, a San Francisco-based nonprofit think-tank that held summits, panels and discussions, and sponsored white papers on important issued in the life sciences between 2003 and 2007.


Duncan has won the Magazine Story of the Year Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His articles have twice been cited in nominations for National Magazine Awards, and his work has appeared twice in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He has won numerous other awards.



  • Experimental Man: What one man’s body reveals about his future, your health and our toxic world (due out in March, 2009)
  • Masterminds: Genius, DNA and Quest to Rewrite Life (2005)
  • Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year (1999)
  • Residents: The Perils and Promise of Training Young Doctors (1996)
  • Hernando de Soto: A Savage Quest in the Americas (1996)
  • From Cape to Cairo: An African Odyssey (1989), about a journalist's stint in Africa and riding a bike from Cape Town to Cairo
  • Pedaling the Ends of the Earth (1985), about bicycling around the world


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