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Allison Bohac

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Allison Bohac is the assistant editor at Science News, which means she does a little bit of everything – fact checking and research, writing, news editing, magazine and website production and whatever other projects come her way. She spent her undergraduate years wading through Pennsylvania mountain streams to catch fish and frogs, which earned her a bachelor’s degree in zoology. After two years of managing aquatic systems for the laboratories at the National Institutes of Health, she went back to school for a master’s in science writing. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2011, and joined the Science News staff a few months later. On the weekends, though, she still prefers to spend her time in the woods as a volunteer at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian, Md.

Allison Bohac's Articles

  • Reviews & Previews

    The Violinist's Thumb

    Early in the 20th century, German biologist Hans Spemann separated two cells of a salamander zygote using a strand of his daughter’s hair. His experiment produced two fully formed amphibians, demonstrating that each cell contains the full genetic blueprint to build a living thing, not the partial instructions that scientists had previously supposed.

    Why he used the child’s hair isn’t clear, science writer Kean notes, but “probably the baby’s hair was finer.”

  • Say What?

    Gravitational lens

    Anything that has a gravitational pull — stars, galaxies, and even dark matter — can bend light passing by, distorting the image of the light’s source that is seen on Earth. Scientists can use this distortion to look for objects that would be too dim to see otherwise by picking out anomalies in deflected light. An international team of researchers noticed just such a disturbance in the bright halo (shown) created by the supermassive elliptical galaxy JVAS B1938+666 as it warps the view

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