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Natália Pasternak

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Natalia Pasternak is a microbiologist with a PhD in bacterial genetics and a research fellow at the University of Sao Paulo. She’s founder and current president of Instituto Questão de Ciência (Question of Science Institute).

‘Prevent Senior’ in Brazil accused of conducting unethical medical experiments on Covid patients

Even after Brazil's "Covid kit" of alternative treatments was shown to be ineffective, doctors were given sales targets to keep prescribing - with official guidance on how to classify away patients who died from Covid.

Closing the information gap on GM technology means addressing fear, as well as ignorance

It’s time to direct our efforts not only to providing scientific knowledge on genetically modified food, but also to addressing people’s fears.

Why I called for the Brazilian Senate to impeach President Bolsanaro over our Covid crisis

Science-based policies can save us from future pandemics. We won't get them by remaining silent when denialism takes over governments.

Brazil’s COVID-19 inquiry puts pseudoscience on trial

The COVID-19 inquiry in Brazil is an opportunity to understand what went wrong and what can be learned - it is one we can't afford to pass up

Brazil’s bogus “Covid kit” represents a failure of private healthcare regulation

Investigations show doctors were pressured to prescribe "early treatment protocol" Covid kits made up of unproven, ineffective interventions

The ‘scientist as lone genius’ is a myth that obscures real stories of scientific discovery

Science communication that focuses on lone geniuses making accidental discoveries can prime the public to accept quacks masquerading as mavericks

When it comes to our health, doing nothing is often better than doing something wrong

Most of the time, being proactive can be a good thing, but when it comes to healthcare, doing nothing is better than doing something stupid.

Kardecism: the fringe spiritualist doctrine which became the soul of pseudoscience in Brazil

Kardecism - an 19th century off-shoot of spiritualism - found fertile ground in Brazil, and grew to wholly undermine trust in science and medicine.

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