“One’s ideas must be as broad as nature if they are to interpret nature”

~Arthur Conan Doyle


Recent Features

Converging strategies.


In Nova Next, I describe the history of a little-known side effect of  cancer radiation therapy that may just be the boost immunotherapy needs to finish off solid tumors. (Runner up for the 2017 AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism)

Face value.


Face transplants have given many a chance to restore their lives, but as I learned reporting this story for Nature Medicine, the costs are high and rejection is a hard reality. Find out how researchers are working to help these patients keep their new faces.

Alternate paths.

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Could cancer drugs help tackle antibiotic resistant tuberculosis? Find out how researchers are crossing lines between cancer, immunology, and microbiology in search of tuberculosis therapies in Nova Next.

Head space.


Beneath the controversy surrounding chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the fascinating science of how the brain handles, or doesn’t handle, injury. Learn all about it in Nature Medicine.

Defend or die.

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In The Scientist, I write about how plants ward off pathogens and what researchers are learning about the plant immunity that keeps our crops safe.

 A way in.  


CRISPR/Cas is taking the genetics world by storm, but there is a whole field of scientists looking for ways to get the gene editing tool into cells while those cells are still inside our bodies.  Read about their work in Nature Medicine.

New perspectives.


Like blood vessels, lymphatics are vital for moving cells and fluids through the body. My piece in The Scientist explores recent discoveries that are turning lymphatic development research on its head.