Robert Cook-Deegan is a research professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University. He is the author of "The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome" (New York: Norton, 1994 & 1996; tr. Korean, Japanese) and an author of over 200 articles. His most recent research interest has been the Myriad Genetics case and gene patenting.
From 1991 to 2002, Cook-Deegan worked at the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences in various capacities, including director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship program and the National Cancer Policy Board. During his final three years at the National Academies, he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator at Georgetown University (1999-2002), and a seminar leader at Stanford-in-Washington (1996-2003). He also worked for the National Center for Human Genome Research in its first year and was an AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow and spent six years at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He received his M.D. from the University of Colorado in 1979 and his bachelor's degree in chemistry, magna cum laude, in 1975 from Harvard College.