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Brianna Rego

I am a historian of science whose research focuses on the history of late-twentieth century and contemporary biomedicine, science policy, industry science, and biology. I earned my PhD in History from Stanford University in 2012. My dissertation was a history of the Department of Research and Development at Philip Morris. In addition to my work in the history of science, I have also done research in paleobiology and completed a M.S. degree in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences in 2010.

My work on polonium in tobacco was distributed to members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives by the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids and helped influence legislation for FDA regulation of tobacco.

"Radioactive Smoke: A Dangerous Isotope Lurks in Cigarettes" was published in January 2011 in Scientific American

"The Polonium Brief: A Hidden History of Cancer, Radiation, and the Tobacco Industry" was published in September 2009: Isis, 2009100:453-484 PDF

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