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Katarina Zimmer

After a year teaching an algorithm to differentiate between the echolocation calls of different bat species, Katarina decided she was simply too greedy to focus on one field of science and wanted to write about all of them. Following an internship with The Scientist in 2017, she’s been happily freelancing for a number of publications, covering everything from climate change to oncology. Katarina is a news correspondent for The Scientist and contributes occasional features to the magazine. Find her on Twitter @katarinazimmer and read her work on her website.

Articles by Katarina Zimmer
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Making the Most of Media Interviews
Katarina Zimmer | May 16, 2022
As the pandemic has underscored the importance—and benefits—of communicating science to the general public, it’s also highlighted the challenges that researchers can face in speaking with journalists.
Special Report
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Amid the Terror of War, Efforts to Keep Science Alive in Ukraine
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 28, 2022
Ukrainian scientists and universities face extraordinary challenges as the Russian invasion continues.
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How Brexit Is Transforming the UK’s STEM Community
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2021
Scientists face the ramifications of the country’s departure from the European Union, from delays in laboratory supplies to difficulties hiring international students and faculty.
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Hope, Concern Surround WHO Green Light of First Malaria Vaccine
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 28, 2021
RTS,S has several flaws but could still save tens of thousands of lives, experts say.
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Fish Poop a Big Player in Ocean Carbon Sequestration
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 8, 2021
A modeling study estimates that by drastically reducing fish biomass over the past century, industrial fishing may be affecting ocean chemistry, nutrient fluxes, and carbon cycling as much as climate change.
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DNA in Cell Cytoplasm Implicated in Age-Related Blindness
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 29, 2021
A new study suggests that DNA synthesized in the cell cytoplasm drives retinal cell death in an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
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Dissecting the Unusual Biology of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 9, 2021
An ability to build up higher concentrations of viral particles in people’s airways and mutations that might boost its ability to infect human cells could be what gives the Delta variant its evolutionary edge.
Special report
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Labs Worldwide Still Struggling Amid Broken Supply Chains
Katarina Zimmer | May 21, 2021
Countries outside the US and Europe that are already used to long wait times for laboratory supplies are facing greater research disruptions than ever during the pandemic.
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Pfizer Vaccine Induces Immune Structures Key to Lasting Immunity
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 25, 2021
In the armpit lymph nodes of people who had received the mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, researchers found germinal centers needed to generate long-lived antibody-making cells.
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Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 11, 2021
Plant species officially reported to be lost are in fact persevering in the wild, in seed banks or botanical gardens, or as other species now recognized to be taxonomic synonyms.