National Geographic : 2017 Jun
How does a scientific breakthrough become a scourge of humanity? As easily as margarine supplanted butter—and introduced dangerous trans fats. Even the most promising innovations can have unintended, sometimes lethal, consequences, says medical historian Paul A. Offit in his book Pandora’s Lab. Through seven cautionary tales, Offit warns that only by knowing our scientific history can we avoid repeating it. Pandora’s Lab | BOOKS ILLUSTRATIONS: MARC BURCKHARDT Read on for excerpts from the book Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong.