June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Lately my projects have centered on China, Covid-19, or Fetal Tissue Research. Sometimes they overlap, like my three-part series on Covid-19 origins, which gets into why the lab leak theory has re-surfaced, gain-of-function studies, and the NIH’s role in funding...
June Newsletter

January Newsletter

This winter I’ve written eight articles for Mind Matters News on China and technology. Most of them focus on using technology for censorship and surveillance, both online and in real life. The Chinese government has an extensive propaganda and censorship machine that...
June Newsletter

October Newsletter

If there is one good thing about the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s online conferences. As a freelancer, conferences provide an opportunity to step out of the home office and be refreshed and encouraged by fellow scientists, writers, bioethicists, or creatives. Often...
What Will We Do After the Pandemic?

What Will We Do After the Pandemic?

“What will we do after the war?” Dorothy Sayers asked this of her readers in 1942 in her essay “Why Work?” ““The question that I will ask you to consider today is this: When the war is over, are we likely, and do we want to keep this...
Writing about Vaccines

Writing about Vaccines

For my Biohazards column in Salvo Issue 50, I decided to write about vaccines since it was a hot news topic. I’m sure you’re asking the same thing I was asking about three days before the article’s deadline, “Why, Heather, did you decide to write about vaccines?” I...