Nita Farahany

Durham, N.C.

Nita Farahany is the Robinson O. Everett professor of law and philosophy and the founding director of the Initiative for Science & Society at Duke University.
Latest from Nita Farahany

We parents of unvaccinated children need more guidance

As mask mandates and other protections fall away — and the vaccines are delayed — we're wondering what we should be doing to protect our children.

May 9, 2022

Criminal defendants still cite a ‘gene for violence.’ It doesn’t exist.

The New Mexico Supreme Court missed a chance last month to end the controversy — and affirm scientific consensus.

March 18, 2021

Proof of vaccination will be very valuable — and easy to abuse

Imagine a two-tiered society: One group has access to jobs and public places, one doesn’t.

December 15, 2020

What do the presidential candidates think about science and technology?

The presidential candidates weigh in on their views of science and technology.

September 13, 2016

Can you legally consent to a head transplant?

What if the patient survives?

August 25, 2016

Colleges should allow students to take smart drugs

Smart drugs are rampant on college campuses. Should students be allowed to take them?

November 3, 2015

Jurors award $2.25M in “devious defecator” case

Jurors award a whopping $2.25M for unlawfully taking employees' DNA.

June 23, 2015

Test for ‘devious defecator’ was unlawful, judge rules

A groundbreaking judicial opinion on GINA.

May 30, 2015

Zapping the brain

For those of you in New York City this weekend, be sure to check out the World Science Festival.

May 29, 2015

New year’s resolutions, conservatism & porn

More evidence that making things taboo makes them more enticing.

January 1, 2015