Chris Baraniuk

Chris Baraniuk

Chris Baraniuk is a freelance science journalist based in Northern Ireland who contributes to The Scientist. He has covered biological and medical science for a range of publications, including the BBC, the BMJ, and Mosaic. He also writes about nature, climate change, and technology. His background in the humanities has long proved invaluable in his quest to bring science stories to people from all walks of life.

Articles by Chris Baraniuk
Kelp Pathogen Has Spread Across the Southern Ocean
Kelp Pathogen Has Spread Across the Southern Ocean
Chris Baraniuk | Apr 5, 2021
Scientists suspect the gall-forming protist Maullinia hitches a ride on kelp rafts to reach new host populations at far-flung sites.
Will Delaying Vaccine Doses Cause a Coronavirus Escape Mutant?
Will Delaying Vaccine Doses Cause a Coronavirus Escape Mutant?
Chris Baraniuk | Feb 4, 2021
With many millions of people waiting several weeks to receive a second COVID-19 vaccine dose in some countries, experts consider the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 could evolve vaccine resistance.
The Push to Deploy At-Home Antigen Tests for COVID-19
The Push to Deploy At-Home Antigen Tests for COVID-19
Chris Baraniuk | Aug 17, 2020
These rapid tests could allow people to find out quickly and easily if they have the disease—if they get regulatory approval for the consumer market.
Does the Common Cold Protect You from COVID-19?
Does the Common Cold Protect You from COVID-19?
Chris Baraniuk | Aug 4, 2020
There are emerging signs that some people might have heightened protection against SARS-CoV-2, perhaps thanks to recent infection by other coronaviruses.
The Search for Immune Responses that Stop COVID-19
The Search for Immune Responses that Stop COVID-19
Chris Baraniuk | Jul 24, 2020
Scientists are examining the role of T cells, which are likely crucial for long-term protection against SARS-CoV-2.
Bubonic Plague Cases Are No Cause for Panic
Bubonic Plague Cases Are No Cause for Panic
Chris Baraniuk | Jul 17, 2020
Reports of the infection—including one death this month—recently shook up social media. But, unlike COVID-19, plague is a disease that countries have more or less got under control.
Estimates Vary Widely for Number of Wuhan COVID-19 Cases in January
Estimates Vary Widely for Number of Wuhan COVID-19 Cases in January
Chris Baraniuk | Jun 17, 2020
Lacking many diagnostic test results from the first major outbreak, researchers have been left to scour other sources for clues about what happened in the early days of the pandemic.
Researchers in Brazil Struggle to Get Solid COVID-19 Death Counts
Researchers in Brazil Struggle to Get Solid COVID-19 Death Counts
Chris Baraniuk | Jun 4, 2020
After combing through data on public death notices in Minas Gerais state, scientists say the coronavirus death toll in the country is worse than reported.
Countries Begin Large-Scale Screening for SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Countries Begin Large-Scale Screening for SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Chris Baraniuk | May 14, 2020
Researchers have found traces of the coronavirus at wastewater treatment plants in various locations around the world.
Receptors for SARS-CoV-2 Present in Wide Variety of Human Cells
Receptors for SARS-CoV-2 Present in Wide Variety of Human Cells
Chris Baraniuk | Apr 29, 2020
Analyses from single-cell sequencing datasets support the idea that COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disease but an illness that can affect multiple organs.