Biomedical research and policy reporter at @NatureNews covering brains, bugs and NIH. Recovering molecular biologist, nature lover, music snob. Opinions mine.

I’m a staff reporter in Nature’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where I cover the National Institutes of Health, neuroscience, microbiology and various other biomedical research and policy topics.

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Brain's chemical signals seen in real time

nature.com — Kleinfeld Lab, UC San Diego Neuroscientists have invented a way to watch the ebb and flow of the brain's chemical messengers in real time. They were able to see the surge of neurotransmitters as mice were conditioned - similarly to Pavlov's famous dogs - to salivate in response to a sound.

Mosquito guns and heavy fines: how Cuba kept Zika at bay for so long

nature.com — Desmond Boylan for Nature As soon as the rain stops, mosquitoes flood the guard house of an upscale tourist resort near Cuba's Bay of Pigs. Without hesitation, one of the guards reaches under his desk to pull out a device that looks like a very large hair dryer. "Mosquito gun," he says.

US agency to lift ban on funding human-animal hybrids

nature.com — Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Since September 2015, researchers have been banned from receiving funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for adding human stem cells to animal embryos, creating blends called chimaeras. But a proposal by the NIH released on 4 August would lift the funding moratorium, except for certain situations.

US agency lifts ban on funding human-animal hybrids

nature.com — Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Since September 2015, researchers funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been banned from adding human stem cells to animal embryos, creating blends called chimeras. But a proposal by the NIH released 4 August would lift the funding moratorium, except for certain situations.

Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics

nature.com — Eric Kayne for Nature Vance Bergeron was once an amateur cyclist who rode 7,000 kilometres per year - much of it on steep climbs in the Alps. But in February 2013, as the 50-year-old chemical engineer was biking to work at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyons, France, he was hit by a car.

Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics

nature.com — Eric Kayne for Nature Vance Bergeron was once an amateur cyclist who rode 7,000 kilometres per year - much of it on steep climbs in the Alps. But in February 2013, as the 50-year-old chemical engineer was biking to work at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyons, France, he was hit by a car.

Obama’s top scientist talks shrinking budgets, Donald Trump, and his biggest regret

nature.com — Greg Kendall-Ball/Nature John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren - a physicist by training - has worked on controversial issues such as climate change and nuclear non-proliferation.

Science academies blast US government’s planned research-ethics reforms

nature.com — Cultura RM/Zero Creatives/Getty The US government's proposed overhaul of regulations that govern research with human subjects is flawed and should be withdrawn, an independent advisory panel said today. The regulations, which are known collectively as the 'Common Rule', address ethical issues such as informed consent and storage of study participants' biological specimens.

Science Academies Blast US Government's Planned Research-Ethics Reforms

nature.com — Cultura RM/Zero Creatives/Getty The US government's proposed overhaul of regulations that govern research with human subjects is flawed and should be withdrawn, an independent advisory panel said today. The regulations, which are known collectively as the 'Common Rule,' address ethical issues such as informed consent and storage of study participants' biological specimens.

US military gets into the 3D printing business

newscientist.com — AN ISOLATED military outpost in the middle of hostile territory is a bad place for your equipment to break down. Replacement parts and fuel either have to be air-dropped or driven through dangerous territory. So the US military plans to make remote operating bases and camps self-sufficient, able to generate their own energy and even print their own gadgets.
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Aug 24, 2016

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Aug 19, 2016

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