Liz writes about biology, focusing primarily on genomics, evolution, microbiology, and organismal biology, with a smattering of ecology and behavior thrown in. She joined the staff of Science in 1996 and added editing to her job duties in 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell University and a master's degree in science writing from Boston University. In addition to Science, her byline has appeared in Science News--where she won the James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public—The Scientist, and United Press International.

Although she loves being a science writer, Liz is most passionate about the outdoors and in particular about whitewater kayaking and outrigger canoeing.

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  • 31 Jan 2000

    Radiation or toxic chemicals can unleash cancer by destroying or damaging the genes that control cell growth. Now it seems that these critical checkpoints are vulnerable to another kind of genetic mishap: overzealous activity by a chemical gag order called methylation.

  • 27 Jan 2000

    Although they look like blobs, sea anemones and other cnidarians have a basic anatomical plan called a body axis. That is, they have a top, defined by the mouth, and a bottom.

  • 24 Jan 2000

    In a feat of versatility, nature long ago co-opted the genes for wing development in butterflies to paint a giant eyespot that helps confuse predators.

  • 18 Jan 2000

    Dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals keep warm with a thick layer of fat under their skin. This blubber also improves their buoyancy. Now, studies of trained dolphins suggest an additional function: Blubber turns the dolphin's tail into one long spring that helps it swim efficiently.

  • 14 Jan 2000

    A male slithers into a bar looking for a date. He spies a female surrounded by three suitors. What should he do?

  • 10 Jan 2000

    Celera Genomics, a 20-month-old firm that aims to sequence the entire human genome, announced today that it now has 90% of the genome's 3.18 billion base pairs in its private database.

  • 3 Jan 2000

    While most of biology has kicked into hyperdrive, taxonomists pride themselves on keeping their research in line with work done decades, even centuries, ago.

  • 23 Dec 1999

    Sometimes called the "guardian of the genome," a protein called p53 responds to DNA damage by either shutting down cell division or causing the cell to commit suicide.

  • 1 Dec 1999

    22 down, 22 to go: Scientists announced today that they have finished sequencing nearly an entire human chromosome.

  • 18 Nov 1999

    A single mutation in a gene can lengthen a mouse's life by nearly a third without any noticeable harm, according to a study in today's Nature. The mutation changes the way the animals deal with toxic chemicals that damage DNA, the authors say.