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.

All Stories by Erin Garcia de Jesús

  1. microscope image of plant cells
    Life

    Two new books investigate why it’s so hard to define life

    For centuries, scientists have struggled to define what it means to be alive. ‘What Is Life?’ and ‘Life’s Edge’ explore the question.

  2. man receiving an Ebola vaccination in Guinea
    Health & Medicine

    The latest Ebola outbreak may have started with someone infected years ago

    Rather than stemming from a virus that jumped from an animal to a person, this outbreak might have originated from someone who had a dormant virus.

  3. person getting vaccinated at mass vaccination site
    Health & Medicine

    The COVID-19 pandemic is now a year old. What have scientists learned?

    As we enter the pandemic’s second year, researchers share what they’ve learned and what they look forward to.

  4. children hugging happy older person
    Health & Medicine

    People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can socialize without masks, CDC says

    Two weeks after their final COVID-19 shot, people can visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing.

  5. cat rubbing on a catnip plant
    Neuroscience

    Catnip repels insects. Scientists may have finally found out how

    The plant deters mosquitoes and fruit flies by triggering a chemical receptor that, in other animals, senses pain and itch.

  6. illustration of steppe mammoths
    Genetics

    The oldest animal DNA ever recovered reveals mammoths’ evolution

    Mammoths evolved to handle the cold over hundreds of thousands of years and North America may been home to a hybrid species, a new study finds.

  7. syringes of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Pfizer’s vaccine appears to reduce coronavirus transmission

    People who carry low amounts of the coronavirus in their bodies are less likely to spread COVID-19. Pfizer’s shot appears to help reduce viral loads.

  8. covid-19 drive-up testing site
    Health & Medicine

    How coronavirus variants may drive reinfection and shape vaccination efforts

    New coronavirus variants could infect people who have already recovered from COVID-19 or been vaccinated, but there are still many unknowns.

  9. COVID-19 vaccination clinic
    Health & Medicine

    What do COVID-19 vaccines mean for daily life in the months ahead?

    Effective COVID-19 vaccines are a ray of hope. But masks and distancing are still necessary, especially with contagious variants spreading.

  10. woman getting vaccinated at a drive-through clinic
    Health & Medicine

    How coronavirus variants may pose challenges for COVID-19 vaccines

    Some coronavirus mutations may make vaccines less effective, but the immune system is multifaceted and vaccines can be updated.

  11. an illustration of the molecular structure of water
    Physics

    50 years ago, scientists poked holes in the existence of polywater

    In 1971, scientists were casting doubt on an anomalous form of water. Fifty years later, water’s odd properties are still mysterious.

  12. Dermasterias imbricata
    Animals

    Some bacteria are suffocating sea stars, turning the animals to goo

    For years, researchers thought an infectious pathogen was behind sea star wasting disease. Instead, bacteria deplete the starfishes’ oxygen.