Kerry Grens

Kerry Grens

As news director, Kerry assigns, edits, and sometimes reports breaking news and in-depth features for the website. She also manages the online news blog and opinion column. Before joining The Scientist in 2013, she was a stringer for Reuters Health, the senior health and science reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia, and the health and science reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio. Kerry got her start in journalism as a AAAS Mass Media fellow at KUNC in Colorado. She has a master’s in biological sciences from Stanford University and a biology degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Articles by Kerry Grens
Most Kids with MIS-C Report Few or No COVID-19 Symptoms: Study
Most Kids with MIS-C Report Few or No COVID-19 Symptoms: Study
Kerry Grens | Apr 7, 2021
A review of hundreds of cases finds that only a minority of patients noted being sick with a coronavirus infection prior to developing the severe inflammatory condition.
Contributors
Contributors
Asher Jones, Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2021 issue of The Scientist.
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Shot Completely Prevented Severe Disease
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Shot Completely Prevented Severe Disease
Kerry Grens | Mar 22, 2021
The vaccine was 79 percent effective at blocking symptomatic infections, according to data from a Phase 3 trial in the US, Chile, and Peru. A US safety oversight board says the data might be incomplete.
Australian Government Adds a Dozen Animals to Extinct List
Australian Government Adds a Dozen Animals to Extinct List
Kerry Grens | Mar 3, 2021
The species include the first reptile to be listed and the Christmas Island pipistrelle, a bat last seen in 2009.
WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab
WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab
Kerry Grens | Feb 9, 2021
An investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of COVID-19 will instead focus on the virus’s animal origins and the possibility of spread through frozen foods.
Mutation in SARS-CoV-2 Variant Does Not Affect Vaccine: Study
Mutation in SARS-CoV-2 Variant Does Not Affect Vaccine: Study
Kerry Grens | Jan 8, 2021
An engineered coronavirus with the N501Y mutation—one of many mutations present in the emerging B.1.1.7 and 501.V2 variants of the coronavirus—is neutralized by the sera of COVID-19 vaccine recipients.
The Biggest Science News of 2020
The Biggest Science News of 2020
Kerry Grens | Dec 23, 2020
Neanderthal DNA surprises in modern humans, the first blood test for Alzheimer’s, a discovery of new human salivary glands, and, oh yeah, a pandemic
Timothy Ray Brown, First Person to Be Cured of HIV, Dies
Timothy Ray Brown, First Person to Be Cured of HIV, Dies
Kerry Grens | Sep 30, 2020
The AIDS activist, also known as the Berlin patient, represented optimism that scientists could find a way to beat HIV.
Campuses, Labs Close in Advance of Hurricane Laura
Campuses, Labs Close in Advance of Hurricane Laura
Kerry Grens | Aug 26, 2020
The category 4 storm made landfall on the Gulf Coast early this morning. Evacuation orders have students heading for safety.
Neurobiologist Dave Schubert Dies
Neurobiologist Dave Schubert Dies
Kerry Grens | Aug 24, 2020
The Salk professor developed the institute’s first neurobiology lab and used it to develop cell lines, describe amyloid β toxicity, and screen for compounds that protect against neurodegeneration.