School Isn't My Kind of Thing

Margie Profet is an unlikely character to be rocking the foundations of reproductive biology. The long-haired, thirtysomething researcher speaks in the breathless, bubbly cadences of someone half her age, sees solutions to scientific problems in her dreams and doesn't even hold the almighty Ph.D. No matter. Like all good scientists, she specializes in challenging dogma and poking holes in foregone conclusions. "I was always interested in asking questions," she says.

Profet, whose father is a physicist and mother an engineer, grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, and studied political philosophy at Harvard. An early resistance to science, she says, came from...

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