Deborah Rudacille (born July 1958) is an American journalist and science writer. She has worked as a news editor for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative in New York, and in May 2012 became Professor of the Practice in journalism at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In April 2017, Rudacille was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Science Writing for a project titled "The Family Disease: Alcoholism, Addiction and Inheritance."
Rudacille is the author of The Scalpel and the Butterfly (2000), a history of the practice and politics of animal testing, The Riddle of Gender (2004), which examines scientists' attempts to define gender and the effect that had on transgender people, and Roots of Steel (2010), about the history of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation steelworks in Sparrows Point, Maryland.The Scalpel and the Butterfly was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the year's best non-fiction books, and The Riddle of Gender was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
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