Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic

Sarah Zhang

The Atlantic

Berkeley, CA, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

How Much Would You Pay to Save Your Cat’s Life?

For $15,000, you can get your pet a new kidney. → Read More

What Europe’s COVID Wave Means for the U.S.

New variants are coming. How worried should we be? → Read More

Is Cord-Blood Banking Worth It?

Umbilical blood can be a valuable treatment for rare diseases. But that doesn’t mean you need to pay thousands of dollars to bank your baby’s. → Read More

How Long Can the Coronavirus Keep Reinfecting Us?

No one knows exactly what this will look like—only that it’s guaranteed to keep happening. → Read More

How the End of Roe Would Change Prenatal Care

Genetic testing is a routine part of pregnancy. Abortion restrictions are already shifting how doctors talk about the results. → Read More

The COVID Strategy America Hasn’t Really Tried

The clearest way to reduce deaths is to push to vaccinate more of the elderly—yes, still! → Read More

The Human Genome Is—Finally!—Complete

The Human Genome Project left 8 percent of our DNA unexplored. Now, for the first time, those enigmatic regions have been revealed. → Read More

What Killed These Bald Eagles? After 25 Years, We Finally Know.

A perfect confluence of events created a stealth killer. → Read More

The Last Children of Down Syndrome

Prenatal testing is changing who gets born and who doesn’t. This is just the beginning. → Read More

What a Negative COVID-19 Test Really Means

We know very little about how reliable tests are for people who don’t feel sick. → Read More

Rats Have Not Changed. We Have.

Sheltering in place produced a “natural experiment” for urban wildlife. → Read More

America’s Never-Ending Battle Against Flesh-Eating Worms

Inside the U.S. and Panama’s long-running collaboration to rid an entire continent of a deadly disease. → Read More

America Needs Plasma From COVID-19 Survivors Now

People who have recovered from the disease have antibodies that might help those still suffering from it. → Read More

After 2,000 Years, These Seeds Have Finally Sprouted

Six date seeds as old as the Dead Sea Scrolls are now flourishing as trees on a kibbutz. → Read More

What Happens to Meat When You Freeze It for 35,000 Years

In any case, DNA analysis of meat from the 1951 dinner eventually proved it was none of the above. It wasn’t even prehistoric at all. Its DNA matched green sea turtle, a modern and living species. As for the 1901 banquet, well, that couldn’t have been mammoth either. “All stories published in newspapers of this country of a dinner in St. Petersburg where the meat of the Beresovca mammoth was… → Read More

The Secret Identity of a Coyote-Like Creature

A photographer began shooting unusual-looking coyotes on Galveston Island. They turned out to be descended from a very rare wolf species. → Read More

The Patient Who Finally Knows Why Her UTIs Won’t Go Away

Urinary-tract infections were once easy to cure. Then they started becoming resistant to antibiotics. → Read More

What Tick Saliva Does to the Human Body

Ticks use their saliva to create a “lake of blood” inside their hosts. → Read More

The Hospital Is Too Damn Loud

An average hospitalized patient endures 350 alarms each day. → Read More

Why Archaeologists Are Studying 10,000-Year-Old Urine

The history of animal domestication might be recorded in ancient pee. → Read More