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Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD

Emilie joined the Scientist as an assistant editor in 2023 after writing for publications such as the Guardian, Scientific American, and STAT. She has a degree in chemistry and a PhD in biophysics, but she enjoys writing about everything from ancient DNA to organoids. She lives in Brooklyn, where she can often be found searching for songbirds with her binoculars. 

Articles by Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD
3d illustration of microscopic close up showing viruses and intestine villus into digestive tract.
The Viral Microbiome
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Nov 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Humans harbor both bacteria and viruses that help keep us healthy. Soon, they might cure us too.
An elderly person in beige shirt and a knitted, cream-colored vest holds a wooden walking stick.
New Epigenetic Clocks May Confirm Extreme Age
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 4 min read
How will a new version of epigenetic clocks aimed at validating the age of people older than 100 years of age balance accuracy and anonymity?
A computer-generated image of chromosomes on a black background. One chromosome has a ring of bright orange to indicate a mutation.
Prime Editing Comes of Age
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 9 min read
Since the technique was first published in 2019, prime editing has grown with lightning speed, alongside hopes for what it can achieve.
Matthew Disney
A Quest to Drug RNA
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 5 min read
Matthew Disney’s idea of small molecules that target RNA once seemed fanciful. Now, even the pharma industry is pursuing it
A man sitting at a desk in a white lab coat holds up a large model of a <em >Drosophila</em> fly. In the background is a window and a bookcase.
The Origins and Recent Promise of Nonsense Suppressor tRNAs
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 4 min read
A discovery that goes back to the first studies of translation has become the topic of biotech buzz.
The prime editing machinery comprises a prime editing guide RNA (pegRNA) and a Cas9 nickase enzyme fused to a reverse transcriptase.
Infographic: How Prime Editing Works
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 4 min read
Prime editing is one of the most promising forms of genome editing because it uses only single-stranded DNA breaks.
This shows a cryo-EM map of a Fanzor protein in complex with its guiding RNA (in purple) and DNA (target strand in red, complementary strand in blue).
CRISPR-like Abilities in Eukaryotic Proteins
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 4 min read
Two groups independently discovered that Fanzor proteins in eukaryotic organisms are CRISPR’s genome-editing cousins.
A fluorescence microscopy image of a common mouse ear with a black background, an embedded bead visible as a white circle, and regenerating tissue around it shown in green.
Mice Heal Themselves in Response to a Common Signaling Molecule
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 4 min read
A newly discovered way to induce scarless healing in mice depends on a highly conserved signaling pathway that is also present in humans.
A yellow, hairy caterpillar is sitting on a green leaf off a thin plant stem.
Deciphering Plants’ Biochemical Messages
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Esther Ngumbi believes that chemical signals between plants, microbes, and insects hold the key to secure and sustainable food production.
Digital illustration of a brain, constructed by tiny dots and lines. Most dots and lines are teal-colored; others are green, yellow, red, and purple to denote areas of activity.
What Was the First Animal to Evolve a Brain?
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 1, 2023 | 1 min read
In the absence of a precise definition of brain, pinning down its origins is difficult. But scientists have a theory.