Jennifer has been a staff writer for Science since 2002, covering an eclectic mix of stories in biomedical and clinical research, scientific misconduct, and ethics. She especially enjoys stories that examine risk in medicine and those that explore tensions in the scientific community. Since 2005, four of her stories have been anthologized in the Best American Science Writing series.

Jennifer attended Harvard University, where she planned to steer clear of science altogether. However, in an effort to get some of her distribution requirements out of the way early, she took a history of astronomy class during her freshman year and was hooked. She went on to major in the history of science, and still loves hearing how new discoveries build on those from long ago.

Jennifer grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.

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  • 25 Apr 2009

    Infectious disease specialist Edwin D. Kilbourne, now 88 and retired, was at the center of the last swine flu scare in the U.S. In 1976, a swine flu strain swept through Fort Dix, a military base in New Jersey. The virus infected about 500 soldiers, though not all got sick; one died.

  • 24 Apr 2009

    For a handful of scientists, the swine flu hitting the southern U.S. and Mexico bears an eerie resemblance to another outbreak more than 30 years ago. Then, a strain of swine flu hit soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, setting off panic and efforts to vaccinate 40 million people.

  • 23 Apr 2009

    Cattle code sheds light on what makes good milk and beef

  • 20 Apr 2009

    With the National Institutes of Health receiving a $10.4 billion windfall thanks to the economic stimulus package, all eyes are on the agency to see how the money will transform biomedical research in the next 2 years (or at least, scientists are giving the question their full attention after the

  • 7 Apr 2009

    ... gets shaken up here by John Tierney. He critiques New York City's war on salt. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing food companies and restaurants to cut salt intake in half over the next decade.

  • 1 Apr 2009

    DeCODE Genetics, the Icelandic company that made a name for itself with its personalized medicine work before running into a financial mud pit, tried to be optimistic today about its future. Right now it only has enough money to survive into the summer.

  • 23 Mar 2009

    A federal court today chided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for putting politics before science in assessing Plan B, the emergency contraceptive. The U.S.

  • 27 Feb 2009

    Autism research will get a funding boost if U.S. President Barack Obama has his way.

  • 25 Feb 2009

    In addition to saving the banks, shoring up the cratered real estate market, and capping greenhouse gas emissions, President Barack Obama had another ambitious goal for the stimulus package in his