Erin Garcia de Jesús is a staff writer at Science News. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington, where she studied virus/host co-evolution. After deciding science as a whole was too fascinating to spend a career studying one topic, she went on to earn a master’s in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in Nature News, Science, Eos, Smithsonian Voices and more, and she was the winter 2019 science writing intern at Science News.

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  1. a person prepares a syringe with a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose
    Health & Medicine

    What experts know so far about COVID-19 boosters for immunocompromised people

    Some immunocompromised people remain at risk for severe COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. Studies hint that an additional vaccine dose might help.

  2. hairlike cilia (shown in purple) shown at full length and cut short by coronavirus (shown in yellow)
    Health & Medicine

    The coronavirus cuts cells’ hairlike cilia, which may help it invade the lungs

    Images show that the coronavirus clears the respiratory tract of hairlike structures called cilia, which keep foreign objects out of the lungs.

  3. a small child, being held by her mother, is given a vaccine by a nurse in India
    Health & Medicine

    Millions of kids have missed routine vaccines thanks to COVID-19

    Missed shots due to the pandemic may have cut vaccination rates for measles, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis to their lowest levels in over a decade.

  4. greater horseshoe bats hanging from cave ceiling
    Health & Medicine

    One mutation may have set the coronavirus up to become a global menace

    A study pinpoints a key mutation that may have put a bat coronavirus on the path to becoming a human pathogen, helping it better infect human cells.

  5. image of three boxes of vials containing Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    How antibodies may cause rare blood clots after some COVID-19 vaccines

    Vaccine-induced antibodies attach to a specific spot on a protein involved in clot formation, a study suggests.

  6. a train conductor monitors people boarding a train car
    Health & Medicine

    What experts know so far about the delta variant

    The variant, which first emerged in India, is outcompeting other highly transmissible forms of the coronavirus as it spreads around the world.

  7. microscope image of Plasmodium falciparum parasites
    Health & Medicine

    A malaria vaccine with live parasites shows promise in a small trial

    After taking anti-malarial drugs after each vaccine dose to clear the parasite from the body, volunteers appeared well-protected from infection.

  8. a magnified image of an egg cell surrounded by sperm
    Genetics

    Embryos appear to reverse their biological clock early in development

    A new study suggests that the biological age of both mouse and human embryos resets during development.

  9. older man receiving coronavirus vaccine injection
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s what you should know about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

    No one knows if coronavirus booster shots will be necessary. But researchers are working on figuring that out.

  10. microscope image of plant cells
    Life

    Cells cram DNA into the nucleus in two distinct ways

    Heat maps of cell nuclei show that some cells pack chromosomes that look like crumpled balls of paper, while others are neatly stacked.

  11. a photo of a protest in Washington, D.C.
    Health & Medicine

    After 40 years of AIDS, here’s why we still don’t have an HIV vaccine

    The unique life cycle of HIV has posed major challenges for scientists in the search for an effective vaccine.

  12. image of the exterior of the Wuhan Institute of Virology
    Health & Medicine

    Here are answers to 3 persistent questions about the coronavirus’s origins

    Calls to double down on investigations into where SARS-CoV-2 came from — nature or a lab accident — are rising as answers remain scarce.