Erin I. Garcia de Jesus is a staff writer at Science News. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington, where she studied virus/host co-evolution. After deciding science as a whole was too fascinating to spend a career studying one topic, she went on to earn a master’s in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in Nature News, Science, Eos, Smithsonian Voices and more, and she was the Winter 2019 science writing intern at Science News.

All Stories by Erin Garcia de Jesus

  1. Health & Medicine

    Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 appears nearly 95 percent effective

    A second coronavirus vaccine appears super effective in preventing people from being sickened by COVID-19.

  2. Animals

    This snake rips open a living toad to feast on its organs

    A particularly gruesome way to kill may help small-banded kukri snakes avoid a deadly poison secreted from the neck and backs of some toads.

  3. Health & Medicine

    New Pfizer vaccine appears 90 percent effective against COVID-19

    Preliminary finds show one of the new coronavirus vaccines appears 90 percent effective at reducing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

  4. Animals

    A whale’s nearly four-hour-long dive sets a new record

    Cuvier’s beaked whales may rely on large stores of oxygen, a slow metabolism and the ability to tolerate lactic acid to go for hours without surfacing for air.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Four summer camps show how to limit COVID-19 outbreak

    Schools might take a lesson from these overnight facilities in Maine. They kept infection rates low by testing a lot and grouping kids into ‘bubbles.’

  6. Health & Medicine

    A Hong Kong man got the new coronavirus twice

    His is the first confirmed case of reinfection with this virus. His second bout was detected by accident, because he showed no symptoms.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Dust can infect animals with flu, raising coronavirus concerns

    Dust particles kicked up from some virus-contaminated surface can become a source of new infections, rodent data show.

  8. Animals

    Superblack fish can disappear in the deep sea’s darkness

    Some fish that live in the ocean’s depths are superblack due to a special layer of light-absorbing structures in their skin.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Coronavirus outbreak at camp infected more than 200 kids and staff

    Think kids don’t get COVID-19 and spread it? Think again. An outbreak at a Georgia summer camp left 260 people infected. The rate was highest in kids under 10.

  10. Animals

    Toxic germs on its skin make this newt deadly

    Bacteria living on the skin of some rough-skinned newts make tetrodotoxin. This paralyzing poison is also found in pufferfish.

  11. Science & Society

    Coronavirus lockdowns may have avoided 531 million infections

    Studies find big benefits from global coronavirus lockdowns. More than a half a billion of the potentially deadly infections appear to have been avoided.

  12. Animals

    When prey get scarce, these jellies become cannibals

    Invasive comb jellies may feast on their larvae if massive population booms in summer deplete their prey.