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 illustration of viruses attacking a rod-shaped bacterium

    A bacteria-virus arms race could lead to a new way to treat shigellosis

    As bacteria that cause shigellosis evolve to escape a virus, the microbes may become less deadly, a hopeful sign for “phage therapy.”

  2. an electron micrograph showing the rabies virus

    50 years ago, a 6-year-old boy became the first known rabies survivor

    In 1971, a doctor thought he’d found a cure for rabies. Fifty years later, we still don’t have one.

  3. a sign advertising COVID-19 testing in an airport
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    What we know and don’t know about the omicron coronavirus variant

    The new omicron variant has lots of mutations and sparked a surge of cases in South Africa, but researchers still don’t know a lot about it.

  4. Lydia Melo receiving a covid-19 vaccine shot
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    What parents need to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11

    Federal health officials authorized the Pfizer vaccine for this age group on October 29.

  5. woman receiving a booster shot from a pharmacist
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    Here’s what we know about booster shots for Moderna’s and J&J’s COVID-19 vaccines

    Immunity against the coronavirus is waning, but additional doses of the same or different COVID-19 vaccines could help protect vulnerable people.

  6. Mark Turney rolls up his sleeve to receive a booster shot
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    Why only some people will get COVID-19 booster shots at first

    In the United States, boosters may next go to people 65 and older, those at high risk for severe disease and people whose jobs put them at high exposure risk.

  7. A closeup of a southern live oak leaf, shown at 60 times magnification, with the leaf's trichomes in white, vessels in cyan and stomata in purple

    A beautiful oak leaf portrait won the 2021 Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition showcases otherworldly photos that capture microscopic features of nature and science.

  8. The newly described Hispaniolan vineboa

    A newfound boa sports big eyes and a square nose

    Among the smallest boas in the world, the Hispaniolan vineboa inhabits a small patch of dry forest along the Dominican Republic’s border with Haiti.

  9. doctors tend to a COVID-19 patient in a hospital bed
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    These charts show that COVID-19 vaccines are doing their job

    COVID-19 shots may not always prevent infections, but for now, they are keeping the vast majority of vaccinated people out of the hospital.

  10. an computer illustration of streaks of yellow bouncing around in loops - showing how the debris from a proton-antiproton collision moved. the straighter path of a high-energy electron is also shown

    50 years ago, physicists thought they found the W boson. They hadn’t

    Fifty years after a false-alarm discovery, physicists have caught the W boson and are using it to unravel mysteries of particle physics.

  11. Moderna COVID-19 vaccines being prepared in syringes, held by a person wearing blue gloves
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    How coronavirus vaccines still help people who already had COVID-19

    Coronavirus vaccines give the immune system of previously infected people a boost, probably giving those people better protection against new variants.

  12. A man wearing a surgical mask passes a sign that reads "you still have to wear a mask"
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    New delta variant studies show the pandemic is far from over

    The coronavirus’s delta variant is different from earlier strains of the virus in worrying ways, health officials are discovering.