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. an electron micrograph showing red viruses leaving a B cell
    Health & Medicine

    Multiple sclerosis has a common viral culprit, opening doors to new approaches

    Learning how the common Epstein-Barr virus may trigger multiple sclerosis could help experts design better treatments — or perhaps end the disease.

  2. photo of the surgical team at NYU Langone Health transplanting a pig heart into a recently deceased patient
    Health & Medicine

    Two pig hearts were successfully transplanted into brain-dead people

    The transplants kept the patients’ blood flowing for three days and are an early step in figuring out if the procedure might work in living people.

  3. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
    Health & Medicine

    The flowery scent of a Zika or dengue infection lures mosquitoes

    Mice and humans infected with dengue emit acetophenone, attracting bloodsucking mosquitoes that could then transmit the viruses to new hosts.

  4. Scallop in the ocean
    Animals

    Ed Yong’s ‘An Immense World’ reveals how animals perceive the world

    The book showcases the diverse sensory abilities of other animals and how their view of the world is different from our own.

  5. several vials labeled "Moderna COVID-19 vaccine" on a table
    Health & Medicine

    New COVID-19 boosters could contain bits of the omicron variant

    The omicron variant is different enough from the original version to require an update to COVID-19 vaccines, experts say.

  6. electron micrograph of mature monkeypox viruses in pink and immature viruses in blue
    Health & Medicine

    Monkeypox is not a global health emergency for now, WHO says

    The decision comes as the outbreak of the disease related to smallpox continues to spread, affecting at least 4,100 people in 46 countries as of June 24.

  7. a photo of juvenile electrioc eels in water
    Animals

    50 years ago, eels’ navigation skills electrified scientists

    Excerpt from the June 24, 1972 issue of Science News

  8. Microbes

    This giant bacterium is the largest one found yet

    On average, Thiomargarita magnifica measures 1 centimeter long and maxes out at 2 centimeters. It is 50 times larger than other giant bacteria.

  9. Nasal spray
    Health & Medicine

    Nasal vaccines for COVID-19 offer hope and face hurdles

    A squirt up the nose could reduce virus transmission, but like shots in the arm, the nasal vaccines have challenges to overcome.

  10. underwater image of an Indo-Pacific bottlenosed dolphin rubbing on coral on the seafloor
    Animals

    These dolphins may turn to corals for skin care

    For Indo-Pacific bottlenosed dolphins, rubbing against corals and sea sponges that contain antibacterial compounds could help keep skin healthy.

  11. a photo of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope scanning the night sky with the Milky Way overhead
    Space

    50 years ago, scientists had hints of a planet beyond Pluto

    In 1972, calculations from Halley’s comet offered evidence of another planet. Today’s astronomers are still searching for a Planet Nine.

  12. a coral reef teeming with fish and a diver in the background
    Oceans

    How some sunscreens damage coral reefs

    In lab experiments, sea anemones and coral turned oxybenzone into a toxin activated by light. But helpful algae may provide a layer of protection.