Esther Landhuis

Freelance Writer

A former lab rat, Esther Landhuis is a California-based freelance journalist who writes about biomedicine and STEM diversity. Her stories have also appeared in Science News, Scientific American, NPR, Nature, Chemical & Engineering News and Undark.

All Stories by Esther Landhuis

  1. Health & Medicine

    This scientist wants to know how racial discrimination gets ‘under the skin’

    Racism could have derailed Leticia Márquez-Magaña’s path to science. Now she studies the biological impact of stress faced by underrepresented groups.

  2. Health & Medicine

    New success in treating allergies to peanuts and other foods

    Nearly 8 million U.S. children have food allergies, about two per classroom. The good news: Better ways to treat them are emerging.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Food allergies can trigger stress and anxiety

    From peanut-free lunch tables to unsympathetic relatives, food allergies can cause considerable stress for a kid. As they transition toward independence, parents and counselors can help.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Why can’t bugs be grub?

    Insects are tasty and nutritious, and raising them is good for the planet. So how can Westerners be convinced to give insects a taste?

  5. Health & Medicine

    Crickets for breakfast?

    In a small trial, levels of beneficial gut bacteria rose in young adults who ate a breakfast that included crickets every day for two weeks.

  6. Materials Science

    Cool Jobs: Drilling into the secrets of teeth

    A bioengineer, a biologist and an archaeologist all study teeth to explore new materials, to grow better tissues and to learn more about prehistoric humans.

  7. Brain

    Bullying hurts — but peer support really helps

    Bullied kids face more mental illness as adults, new studies find. Other research suggests support from other kids can lessen the impacts.

  8. Tech

    Implant traps cancer cells on the move

    A device implanted under the skin extended the life of mice with breast cancer. It trapped injected cancer cells before they created tumors in organs throughout the body.

  9. Agriculture

    Bananas under attack: Understanding their foes

    Fungal blights threaten the world’s most popular fruit. But genetic studies hint at new ways to combat some of these diseases.

  10. Chemistry

    Gotcha! New test stalks diseases early

    Chemists screen blood for disease markers by adapting a common DNA test. The test can find disease earlier, when it also may be easier to treat.