Meghan Rosen

Staff Writer, Biological Sciences, Science News

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 WiredScience, 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. Health & Medicine

    Scientists link Zika to nerve disease

    The Zika virus is spreading in the Americas. There has also been an uptick in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Scientists think the two are linked.

  2. Microbes

    Missing gut bacteria linked to poor nutrition in children

    The right mix of microbes in the gut could help prevent — or treat — malnutrition in children.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Flexible electronics track sweat

    A flexible, wireless health monitor that can wrap around the wrist tracks temperature and analyzes sweat to detect signs of too much water loss.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Zika worries go global

    The World Health Organization says the devastating birth defects and brain disorders linked to the Zika virus are an international health emergency.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Zika virus raises alarm as it spreads in the Americas

    Zika virus has been in Africa and Asia for decades. But is has now spread to the Americas. And it may cause a devastating birth defect.

  6. Earth

    Bubbles may have sheltered Earth’s early life

    For Earth’s earliest inhabitants, a bubble on the beach would have been the next best thing to a safety blanket.

  7. Tech

    New e-skin feels heat, textures and more

    Two new developments in electronic “skin” hold promise for making prosthetic devices that can provide a better sense of touch. One gets its great sensitivity from being modeled on the human fingertip.

  8. Fossils

    This prehistoric meat eater preferred surf to turf

    For years, paleontologists thought the fierce, sharp-toothed Dimetrodon made a meal of land-based plant eaters. Not anymore. New fossils suggest aquatic animals were its meals of choice.

  9. Health & Medicine

    These bubbles treat wounds

    New research shows bubble-powered drugs can travel upstream, against the flow of blood, to seal wounds shut.

  10. Chemistry

    Trio gets chemistry Nobel for figuring out DNA repair

    Three researchers have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry for working out how cells fix damaged genetic material.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Vaping can lead to teen smoking, new study finds

    A study in L.A. high school students finds that those who vape are much more likely than those who don’t to eventually take up smoking cigarettes.

  12. Brain

    Smell test may detect autism

    A new study finds that kids with autism sniff foul scents for as long as pleasing ones. The finding could lead to a test to diagnose the disorder.