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
Lipid Droplets Are Intracellular Bacteria-Fighting Machines
Lipid Droplets Are Intracellular Bacteria-Fighting Machines
Ruth Williams | Oct 15, 2020
Far from being inert fat-storage depots within cells, these lipid-loaded organelles recruit immune proteins and block bacterial growth.
Fecal Transfer from Moms to Babies After C-Section: Trial Results
Fecal Transfer from Moms to Babies After C-Section: Trial Results
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2020
Tiny doses of maternal poo mixed with breast milk and given to Cesarean-born infants makes their gut microbiota resemble those of babies born vaginally.
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Ruth Williams | Sep 24, 2020
As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.
Transplanted Stem Cells Produce Sperm in Sterilized Livestock
Transplanted Stem Cells Produce Sperm in Sterilized Livestock
Ruth Williams | Sep 16, 2020
The technique is designed for breeding genetically superior farm animals, but may have additional conservation and medical applications.
Zika Infection Increases Risk of Severe Dengue Fever
Zika Infection Increases Risk of Severe Dengue Fever
Ruth Williams | Aug 27, 2020
A study of Nicaraguan children links prior Zika virus infection with aggravated dengue fever symptoms.
Immune Biomarkers Tied to Severe COVID-19: Study
Immune Biomarkers Tied to Severe COVID-19: Study
Ruth Williams | Aug 19, 2020
Increases in the levels of three cytokines are among the features linked to poor outcomes.
Disturbed Microbes Contribute to Lung Damage from Oxygen Treatment
Disturbed Microbes Contribute to Lung Damage from Oxygen Treatment
Ruth Williams | Aug 12, 2020
In humans, higher oxygen levels during ventilation are tied to an altered bacterial composition in the lungs, and mouse experiments show a causative link.
Risk of Extinction Is Greatest for Large Herbivores: Study
Risk of Extinction Is Greatest for Large Herbivores: Study
Ruth Williams | Aug 5, 2020
Data on vertebrate species that have become, or are likely to become, extinct reveal plant eaters are most under threat.
Regulator of Mysterious Gut Antibodies Identified
Regulator of Mysterious Gut Antibodies Identified
Ruth Williams | Jul 31, 2020
A B-cell receptor critical for the production of a subset of intestinal antibodies has been pinpointed, but the function of those antibodies remains unclear.
Activities Discovered for Some Inactive Drug Ingredients
Activities Discovered for Some Inactive Drug Ingredients
Ruth Williams | Jul 23, 2020
Screens of hundreds of drug excipients reveal that some can interact with biological targets, contradicting their FDA categorization as inert.