Author(s): Karen Masterson
During the Second World War American war planners conducted one of the most important medical initiatives of the century and attempted to find a cure for malaria. The project tasked dozens of the country's top research scientists and university labs, and new drugs were tested on mental health patients and convicted criminals. The trials caused hundreds of deaths. The Malaria Project is the complete story behind this dark tale of science, medicine and war.
Karen M. Masterson is a former political reporter for the Washington Bureau of the "Houston Chronicle" who left newspapers to pursue her interests in microbiology. On a teaching fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, she stumbled upon the story in "The Malaria Project "while researching at the National Archives. In 2005, she won a Knight journalism fellowship to study malaria at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and in rural Tanzania. She has a Master's of Journalism from the University of Maryland and an MA in science writing from Johns Hopkins University's acclaimed Writing Seminars. She lives with her husband and twin daughters outside Washington, D. C.