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Andy Carstens

Andy Carstens is an intern at The Scientist. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. Andy’s work has previously appeared in Audubon, Slate, Aidsmap, and AskNature.org. View his full portfolio at www.andycarstens.com.

Articles by Andy Carstens
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The Naked Eye Can Spy This Enormous Bacterium
Andy Carstens | Jun 24, 2022
At about 2 centimeters in length, Thiomargarita magnifica tests scientists’ notions of how large microbes can grow.
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Monkeypox: What We Know (and What We Don’t)
Andy Carstens | Jun 24, 2022
The longer and farther the virus spreads, the more likely it could become endemic in new areas, says UCLA epidemiologist Anne Rimoin.
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Biden Nominates New Science Advisor
Andy Carstens | Jun 22, 2022
If the Senate confirms her appointment, Arati Prabhakar will become the first woman, person of color, and immigrant to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Research Beagle Facility Ordered to Clean Up, Halt Breeding
Andy Carstens | Jun 20, 2022
A federal judge ruled that Envigo can finalize the sales for 500 of its remaining 3,000 research dogs, but it needs to improve the safety and health of the animals remaining at its facilities while federal officials decide their fate.
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FDA Green Lights COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Under 5
Andy Carstens | Jun 17, 2022
Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech shots could be given to the youngest kids as early as June 21.
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Black Death Likely Originated in Central Asia
Andy Carstens | Jun 15, 2022
Genetic testing of people who died in Kyrgyzstan eight years before plague reached Europe reveals an ancient strain of the bacterium Yersinia pestis.
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Canada Approves Experimental ALS Therapy
Andy Carstens | Jun 14, 2022
The country’s provisional go-ahead could increase pressure already being exerted on the US Food and Drug Administration to approve the therapy.
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Experimental Pill to Treat Parkinson’s Is Safe, Trial Finds
Andy Carstens | Jun 10, 2022
Testing in animals and lab-grown cells suggests the experimental drug could enhance the function of lysosomes within cells.
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How Rising Temperatures Affect Ocean Predation
Andy Carstens | Jun 9, 2022
A study yields insights into how predator-prey dynamics may shift with climate change, but many questions remain.
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Monkeypox Likely Spread Undetected in US Before Recent Reports  
Andy Carstens | Jun 6, 2022
Two strains of monkeypox have been detected in the US, suggesting the virus has been circulating in the country for some time, the CDC says.