Jack J. Lee

Jack J. Lee

Science Writing Intern, Summer 2020

Jack J. Lee is the Summer 2020 science writing intern at Science News. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Caltech and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University. He recently completed a master’s program in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in Eos, the Monterey Herald and The Mercury News.

All Stories by Jack J. Lee

  1. illustration of sperm
    Health & Medicine

    Human sperm don’t swim the way that anyone had thought

    High-speed 3-D microscopy and mathematical analyses reveal that rolling and lopsided tail flicks keep the cells swimming in a straight line.

  2. yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse
    Animals

    A South American mouse is the world’s highest-dwelling mammal

    At 6,739 meters above sea level, the yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse survives low oxygen and freezing conditions atop a dormant volcano.

  3. Coronavirus-infected cell with filopodia
    Health & Medicine

    Coronavirus-infected cells sprout filaments that may spread the virus

    Like other coronaviruses, the virus behind COVID-19 causes infected cells to grow spindly projections that may act as highways to other cells.

  4. mitochondria in cells
    Genetics

    A bacterial toxin enables the first mitochondrial gene editor

    Researchers have engineered a protein from bacteria that kills other microbes to change DNA in a previously inaccessible part of the cell.

  5. white-throated sparrow sitting on a branch
    Animals

    A sparrow song remix took over North America with astonishing speed

    A variation on the white-throated sparrow’s song spread 3,300 kilometers in just a few decades.

  6. bottlenose dolphin carrying a shell
    Animals

    Dolphins can learn from peers how to use shells as tools

    While most foraging skills are picked up from mom, some bottlenose dolphins seem to look to their peers to learn how to trap prey in shells.

  7. soft-shelled dinosaur egg fossil
    Paleontology

    Fossil discoveries suggest the earliest dinosaurs laid soft-shelled eggs

    Finding soft-shelled dinosaur eggs in the fossil record for the first time has scientists rethinking how dinosaur eggs evolved.

  8. Pan de Azúcar National Park
    Ecosystems

    A newly found Atacama Desert soil community survives on sips of fog

    Lichens and other fungi and algae unite to form “grit-crust” on the dry soil of Chile’s Atacama Desert and survive on moisture from coastal fog.