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Mr Jon Entine is a world-famous American author and science journalist. Jon’s interest in genetics arose from a family history of breast and ovarian cancer. He is a Senior Fellow at the World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California-Davis. UC-Davis also founded the joint GLP-UC Davis project GENeS: Genetic Expert News Service.
He is also the founder and executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, a biotechnology and genetics outreach organisation that reports daily on the nexus of human and agricultural genetics, media and public policy.
Jon has written or edited seven books, including: Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People (2007), Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (2005) and Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It (2001). He has been a contributing columnist at Forbes, Huffington Post and the UK-based Ethical Corporation magazine, and has contributed to hundreds of newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. He recently spoke before the National Academy of Sciences on the issue of GMO safety.
Before launching his writing career, Jon was an Emmy-award winning producer and executive for 20 years at NBC News and ABC News, where he worked on various morning and night news programs, as well as magazine shows. He was head of documentaries and Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer while at NBC News. He received his degree in philosophy from Trinity College (CT) and studied at the University of Michigan under a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.