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Meghan Rosen

Staff Writer, Biological Sciences

Meghan Rosen is a staff writer who reports on the life sciences for Science News. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology with an emphasis in biotechnology from the University of California, Davis, and later graduated from the science communication program at UC Santa Cruz. Her work has appeared in Wired, Science, and The Washington Post, among other outlets. Once for McSweeney’s, she wrote about her kids’ habit of handing her trash, a story that still makes her (and them) laugh.

All Stories by Meghan Rosen

  1. A teacher wearing a mask looks to several young children, also wearing masks and leaning against a cupboard
    Health & Medicine

    The new CDC guidelines may make back-to-school harder

    The public health agency’s coronavirus advice could change how schools operate and may spur COVID-19 outbreaks in classrooms.

  2. Sukari sits pensively by a rock in a zoo enclosure

    Zoo gorillas use a weird new call that sounds like a sneezy cough

    A novel vocalization made by the captive great apes may help them draw human attention.

  3. a close-up on a person's eye, with a tear streaming down their cheek
    Health & Medicine

    A new technology uses human teardrops to spot disease

    A proof-of-concept technique to analyze microscopic particles in tears could give scientists a new way to detect eye disease and other disorders.

  4. an elephant trunk grabbing something from a human hand

    The top side of an elephant’s trunk stretches more than the bottom

    New research on elephant trunks could inspire different artificial skins for soft robots.

  5. a woman holds a child as a medical professional gives the child a shot
    Health & Medicine

    Here are experts’ answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines for little kids

    Pediatricians recommend that parents vaccinate their kids, toddlers and babies against COVID-19 to protect them from coronavirus infection.

  6. side-by-side images of pitcher plants growing under a moss matt and under tree roots

    This pitcher plant species sets its deathtraps underground

    Scientists didn’t expect the carnivorous, eggplant-shaped pitchers to be sturdy enough to survive below the surface.

  7. image of a starlet sea anemone

    Here’s how sea anemones launch their venomous stingers

    Starlet sea anemones use speedy projectiles to sting predators and prey. New images capture a detailed look at these weapons in action.

  8. a flexible clear implant with a wavy design in the center, held up by tweezers
    Health & Medicine

    This soft, electronic ‘nerve cooler’ could be a new way to relieve pain

    A tiny electronic device implanted in the body generates targeted pain relief by cooling off nerves, experiments in rats suggest.

  9. young kids playing on playground equipment
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s what we know right now about getting COVID-19 again

    Repeat coronavirus infections may be on the rise as the omicron variant continues to spread. Scientists are still trying to nail down the risks.

  10. An orange Brachycephalus or pumpkin toadlet frog photographed from the front, showing his large black eyes.

    Here’s why pumpkin toadlets are such clumsy jumpers

    Tiny Brachycephalus frogs from southern Brazil can leap into the air but have trouble landing.

  11. opioid newborn
    Health & Medicine

    For babies exposed to opioids in the womb, parents may be the best medicine

    A surge in opioid-exposed newborns has U.S. doctors revamping treatments and focusing on families.

  12. Gardens of the Zoological Society of London

    Shocking stories tell tale of London Zoo’s founding

    In The Zoo, Isobel Charman pens a gripping narrative of the London Zoo’s early days, when workers had a hard time keeping animals alive.