Michael Specter has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. He is also adjunct professor of bioengineering at Stanford University. Since joining The New Yorker he has written about agricultural biotechnology, the global AIDS epidemic, avian influenza, and new ways to edit DNA, among other stories. Specter worked at The New York Times as a Rome-based foreign correspondent and co-chief of the Moscow Bureau. He was also national science correspondent and then New York bureau chief of The Washington Post.