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Dr. Frances Kelsey

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Dr. Frances Kelsey refused to approve the drug thalidomide for use in the United States, likely preventing thousands of cases of birth defects. Photo: Flickr User Duckwailk

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About the author: Celia Wexler is a senior Washington representative for the Scientific Integrity Initiative at UCS. A former award-winning journalist, Wexler is the author of Out of the News: Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis, published in 2012 by McFarland. At UCS, Wexler’s issue portfolio includes food and drug safety, protections for scientist whistleblowers, and government transparency and accountability. See Celia's full bio.

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