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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  • 15 Mar 1999

    By the ides of March 2000, researchers should have almost the entire human genome in their grasp.

  • 5 Mar 1999

    Neurobiologists have sniffed out how the nose uses relatively few kinds of molecular sensors to discriminate among thousands of odors. As reported in today's Cell, different smells activate unique suites of these sensors.

  • 1 Mar 1999

    A virtually intact retrovirus has been found trapped in the human genome. The virus sports a full complement of genes, but a key mutation probably prevents it from infecting the rest of the genome or other cells.

  • 4 Feb 1999

    Scientists have identified a trigger that helps tell the dividing cell to copy its centrosome, a small body near the cell nucleus that pulls duplicated chromosomes apart into the daughter cells.

  • 14 Jan 1999

    DENVER--For the club-winged manakin, love knows few bounds.

  • 12 Jan 1999

    DENVER--Snakes look nothing like most of their reptilian cousins, but it seems that only a handful of genetic changes caused them to extend their bodies and lose their limbs.

  • 10 Dec 1998

    A blueprint for making an animal will be unveiled for the first time, in tomorrow's Science: the virtually complete genome of a tiny nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. As the first sequence of a multicellular organism, the C.

  • 25 Nov 1998

    Key players among the cell's stress management consultants, some heat shock proteins may spend their down time preventing mutations from turning into physical deformities.

  • 24 Nov 1998

    A protein involved in cancer can also stimulate new hair growth in mice, suggesting a possible approach for curing baldness. The protein, called b-catenin, is part of a biochemical pathway that leads to most cases of colon cancer.

  • 19 Nov 1998

    The cellular fountain of youth has another wellspring. In tomorrow's Science, biologists report the discovery of a second enzyme that can slow the aging of cells.