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. thalidomide
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, a drug that crippled a generation found new life as a leprosy treatment

    In 1969, a drug that crippled a generation found new life as a treatment for leprosy.

  2. maze corals with lesions
    Oceans

    A mysterious coral disease is ravaging Caribbean reefs

    Scientists are racing to learn what’s behind a disease that’s “annihilating” whole coral species in hopes of stopping it.

  3. kids swimming
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s the science behind some of your favorite things to do in summer

    Inject some science into your summer.

  4. Norwich terrier
    Animals

    Some dog breeds may have trouble breathing because of a mutated gene

    Norwich terriers don’t have flat snouts, but can suffer the same wheezing as bulldogs. It turns out that a gene mutation tied to swelling could be to blame.

  5. virus replication
    Life

    50 years ago, scientists were unlocking the secrets of bacteria-infecting viruses

    In 1969, a bacteria-infecting virus held promise for unlocking the secrets of viral replication. Fifty years later, the virus is a versatile tool for scientists.

  6. air pollution
    Science & Society

    NSF science research funds are flowing again after the shutdown

    Assessing the scope of the shutdown’s impact on NSF-funded science will be a long process.

  7. Prosecco vineyard
    Agriculture

    Prosecco production takes a toll on northeast Italy’s environment

    The soil in Northern Italy’s prosecco vineyards is washing away.

  8. Nancy Roman
    Astronomy

    Known as the ‘mother of Hubble,’ astronomer Nancy Roman dies at 93

    Astronomer Nancy Roman, the “mother of Hubble,” has died.

  9. ANITA experiment in Antarctica
    Astronomy

    These 2018 findings could be big news — if they turn out to be true

    Discoveries about fossils, the Big Bang and more could shake up the scientific world – if they turn out to be true.

  10. divers in a deep reef near Australia
    Animals

    Nearly 200 Great Barrier Reef coral species also live in the deep sea

    There are more coral species lurking in the deep ocean that previously thought. That could be good news for their shallow water counterparts.

  11. mouse embryo developing
    Life

    See these dazzling images of a growing mouse embryo

    A new microscope creates intimate home movies of mice embryos taking shape, and could shed light on the mysterious process of mammalian development.

  12. 1968 Hong Kong pandemic flu strain
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, a flu pandemic spurred vaccine research

    A half-century after the Hong Kong flu pandemic, scientists are getting closer to a universal vaccine.