Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams

Ruth is a freelance journalist and regular correspondent for The Scientist, writing news for the website and monthly Modus Operandi articles for the magazine. Before freelancing, Ruth was a news editor for the Journal of Cell Biology in New York and an assistant editor for Nature Reviews Neuroscience in London. Prior to that, she was a bona fide pipette-wielding, test tube–shaking, lab coat–shirking research scientist. She has a PhD in genetics from King’s College London, and was a postdoc in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. Today she lives and writes in Connecticut.

Articles by Ruth Williams
Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites
Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites
Ruth Williams | May 20, 2020
Engineered Plasmodium parasites form the basis of two experimental malaria vaccines that showed safety and encouraging immune responses in clinical trials.
Research Teams Reach Different Results From Same Brain-Scan Data
Research Teams Reach Different Results From Same Brain-Scan Data
Ruth Williams | May 20, 2020
When 70 independent teams were tasked with analyzing identical brain images, no two teams chose the same approach and their conclusions were highly variable.
Scientists Clone SARS-CoV-2 Genome with Quick Yeast-Based Method
Scientists Clone SARS-CoV-2 Genome with Quick Yeast-Based Method
Ruth Williams | May 6, 2020
The use of yeast artificial chromosomes has enabled the rapid genetic reconstruction of the novel coronavirus.
Once Is Enough For Long-Term Memory Formation in Bees
Once Is Enough For Long-Term Memory Formation in Bees
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2020
Honeybees can remember reward-associated odors three days after a single learning experience.
Infographic: Quick Learners
Infographic: Quick Learners
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2020
Honeybees can remember reward-associated odors three days after a single learning experience.
Deep Brain Optogenetic Control Without Implants
Deep Brain Optogenetic Control Without Implants
Ruth Williams | Apr 30, 2020
Engineering an ultra-sensitive light-activated ion channel into brain cells allows for the control of neurons in live animals without a brain-implanted light source.
Discovered: Metabolic Mechanism of Cytokine Storms
Discovered: Metabolic Mechanism of Cytokine Storms
Ruth Williams | Apr 15, 2020
By studying influenza in mice and cells, researchers identify a glucose metabolism pathway critical to the dysregulated immune response that kills many infectious disease patients, including those with COVID-19.
Are Mesenchymal Stem Cells a Promising Treatment for COVID-19?
Are Mesenchymal Stem Cells a Promising Treatment for COVID-19?
Ruth Williams | Apr 9, 2020
As the first clinical data become available on treating coronavirus patients with the cells, scientists are equivocal about the rationale for the intervention.
Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Ruth Williams | Apr 2, 2020
A combination of videography, machine learning, and brain imaging has identified facial expressions and neural activity patterns in mice that are associated with their emotions.
Infographic: Transfection by Precision Cell Piercing
Infographic: Transfection by Precision Cell Piercing
Ruth Williams | Apr 1, 2020
A microfluidic device creates a single hole in each cell to allow efficient DNA entry without compromising viability.