Kira Peikoff is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Nautilus, Popular Mechanics, The New York Academy of Sciences, and other outlets. She is also the author of four suspense novels that explore controversial issues arising from scientific innovation: Living Proof, No Time to Die, Die Again Tomorrow, and Mother Knows Best. Peikoff holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and an M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.
Any reporter worth her journalism degree will tell you that skepticism runs in our blood. We doubt claims, question motives, dig for facts, and seek truth. So when Leaps by Bayer first expressed interest in hiring me to run their new online magazine, I hesitated. But the more I learned about it, the more I understood. The payoff they are after is cultural: By creating a neutral space for high-quality discussion around some of our era’s most controversial issues, they hope to deter ignorance, expand minds, and ultimately give society a say about how breakthroughs across the life sciences stand to affect us all.
That is the ethical way to innovate. And just as an advertiser exerts no influence over a newspaper’s content, I am under no mandate to cover Leaps by Bayer; they do not oversee my editorial calendar, review articles before publication, or censor critical opinions. The decision to publish every word on Leaps is mine alone.