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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  • 10 Nov 1999

    For the ocean's tiny grazing animals, the microscopic algae called diatoms are a favorite food--and like most delicacies, they are turning out to be hazardous.

  • 1 Nov 1999

    For the first time, molecular biologists have established landmarks throughout the genome of one of the world's deadliest parasites, Plasmodium falciparum, which causes malaria and kills about 2 million people around the world each year.

  • 22 Oct 1999

    Mutations in our cells' internal power plants, called mitochondria, may contribute to the aging process, according to a paper in today's issue of Science (p. 774).

  • 21 Oct 1999

    Researchers are making new strides in one of the most frustrating of medical science's battles, the war against Alzheimer's disease. In this week's Science (21 October, p.

  • 14 Oct 1999

    Variety really is the spice of life, and not just for people.

  • 5 Oct 1999

    Even as the genome sequencing heavyweights scramble to finish a rough draft of the human genome, they have taken on equally monumental task: churning out a rough draft of the mouse genome by 2003.

  • 26 Aug 1999

    Scientists had long thought that unraveling the structure of the ribosome, the cell's protein factory, would be as hard as climbing Mount Everest.

  • 29 Jun 1999

    MADISON, WISCONSIN--Larger bodies may come with larger brains, but size means little when it comes to how much DNA an organism can pack in each cell.

  • 21 Jun 1999

    STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA--Pumas are known by many names--panther, jaguar, and cougar among them. Indeed, experts on the animals thought they were so genetically diverse as to constitute a menagerie of 32 subspecies.

  • 15 Jun 1999

    A kind of star-shaped brain cell that helps support surrounding nerve cells plays a much more pivotal role in maintaining the brain's vitality than researchers had thought.