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
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.
Scientists Scan for Weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein
Scientists Scan for Weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein
Chris Baraniuk | Apr 9, 2020
The virus’s tool for prying open host cells is coated in a protective armor of sugar—but gaps may offer vulnerability to disruption by antibodies.
Chloroquine for COVID-19: Cutting Through the Hype
Chloroquine for COVID-19: Cutting Through the Hype
Chris Baraniuk | Mar 20, 2020
President Donald Trump has touted the drug as a treatment but scientists still don’t know for sure that it is effective in patients. A number of clinical trials aim to find out.