Cassie Martin is the associate editor at Science News. When she’s not reporting stories about coral reefs, dog genetics or astronaut poop, she edits the magazine’s Letters to the Editor section, fact-checks the news and works on the Science News in High Schools program. Cassie has a bachelor's degree in molecular genetics from Michigan State University, and a master's degree in science journalism from Boston University. Prior to Science News, she wrote for MIT, Harvard and elsewhere.

All Stories by Cassie Martin

  1. Staphylococcus aureus
    Health & Medicine

    Staph infections still a concern

    Scientists have been searching for a vaccine against a deadly microbe for 50 years.

  2. 3-D printed bone scaffolds
    Materials Science

    Superflexible, 3-D printed “bones” trigger new growth

    New ultraflexible material could be the future of bone repair, but awaits human testing.

  3. Ceropegia sandersonii
    Plants

    Flower lures pollinators with smell of honeybee fear

    When it comes to attracting pollinators, one flower species catches more flies with honeybees.

  4. Caterpillar
    Animals

    New book tells strange tales of evolution

    'The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar' features a cadre of critters that have evolved seemingly bizarre solutions to some of life’s biggest problems.

  5. scientist cutting model of DNA
    Genetics

    Genetic surgery is closer to reality

    A molecular scalpel called CRISPR/Cas9 has made gene editing possible.

  6. Starlet sea anemones
    Animals

    Anemone proteins offer clue to restoring hearing loss

    Proteins that sea anemones use to regenerate may help restore damaged hearing in mammals.

  7. Camptotheca acuminate
    Science & Society

    Cancer drug came from traditional Chinese medicine

    Researchers looked to traditional Chinese medicine for cancer treatment clues 50 years ago. Today, synthetic versions treat a variety of cancers.

  8. Pheidole drogon
    Animals

    Newly discovered big-headed ants use spines for support

    Two newly discovered ant species provide new insights into spiny evolution.

  9. woman wearing cochlear implant
    Life

    Artificial hearing has come a long way since 1960s

    Scientists envisioned artificial hearing 50 years ago. Today, they are working to make it superhuman.

  10. Machairoceratops cronusi and Spiclypeus shipporum
    Animals

    Two newly identified dinosaurs donned weird horns

    Two newly discovered relatives of Triceratops had unusual head adornments — even for horned dinosaurs.

  11. lab bioreactor used to grow bone graft
    Health & Medicine

    Stem cells from pig fat aid in growing new bone

    Scientists transform fat stem cells into bone and grow new jaws for minipigs.

  12. movie audience
    Chemistry

    Movie viewers’ exhaled chemicals tell if scene is funny, scary

    Changes in trace gases exhaled by movie audiences could point the way to a subtle form of human communication.