Sara Reardon, Nature Magazine

Sara Reardon

Nature Magazine

Bozeman, MT, United States

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  • Scientific American
  • FiveThirtyEight

Past articles by Sara:

How psychedelic drugs achieve their potent health benefits

Mouse studies suggest that drugs from LSD to ecstasy renew the brain’s flexibility — but some scientists are sceptical. → Read More

How one man's rare Alzheimer’s mutation delayed the onset of disease

Genetic resilience found in a person predisposed to early-onset dementia could potentially lead to new treatments. → Read More

Alzheimer’s drug donanemab: what promising trial means for treatments

Results suggest the amyloid-targeting drug candidate slows cognitive decline in some people, but questions remain over its potential side effects. → Read More

Mind-reading machines are here: is it time to worry?

Neuroethicists are split on whether a study that uses brain scans and AI to decode imagined speech poses a threat to mental privacy. → Read More

US could soon approve MDMA therapy — opening an era of psychedelic medicine

Perceptions have shifted dramatically in the past few years on the therapeutic value of illicit drugs such as ecstasy. But questions still linger about what FDA approval might look like. → Read More

What Does the Future of Monkeypox Look Like?

With cases declining in the U.S. and Europe, here are some scenarios of how the outbreak might play out → Read More

Long COVID Risk Falls Only Slightly after Vaccination

Results from a large study suggest that vaccines offer less protection against lingering symptoms than expected → Read More

Jury finds University of Kansas chemical engineer guilty of hiding ties to China

After a two-week trial, Feng “Franklin” Tao was convicted on 4 of 8 charges — but a judge is reviewing the case. → Read More

A Simple Solution Would Make COVID Antivirals More Accessible, Pharmacists Say

The Biden administration’s Test to Treat program aims to make the treatments available at pharmacies, yet it requires a medical provider to prescribe the drugs → Read More

When Should You Get a COVID Test?

It depends, but vaccinated people should generally wait five days after exposure before taking an antigen test. Here’s why → Read More

First pig-to-human heart transplant: what can scientists learn?

Researchers hope that a person who has so far lived for a week with a genetically modified pig heart will provide a trove of data on the possibilities of xenotransplantation. → Read More

Cuba’s bet on home-grown COVID vaccines is paying off

Preprint data show that a three-dose combo of Soberana jabs has 92.4% efficacy in clinical trials. → Read More

Genetic patterns offer clues to evolution of homosexuality

Massive study finds that genetic markers associated with same-sex encounters might aid reproduction. But some scientists question the conclusions. → Read More

The True Haiti Earthquake Death Toll Is Much Worse than Early Official Counts

A tool built by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that the number of fatalities may range from 10,000 to 100,000 or more → Read More

Flawed ivermectin preprint highlights challenges of COVID drug studies

The study, now withdrawn, deals a blow to the anti-parasite drug’s chances as a COVID treatment, researchers say. → Read More

A complete human genome sequence is close: how scientists filled in the gaps

Researchers added 200 million DNA base pairs and 115 protein-coding genes — but they’ve yet to entirely sequence the Y chromosome. → Read More

The U.K. Coronavirus Mutation Is Worrying but Not Terrifying

There is evidence the new variant could be more transmissible, yet vaccines work very well against it → Read More

Who Will Get COVID Vaccines First and Who Will Have to Wait?

In the U.S., health workers come first, but for other groups scientists and policy makers are weighing a mix of disease risks, logistics and ethics → Read More

Not All Americans Can Get A COVID-19 Test When They Want One

Animation by Donald Pearsall In many cities in America, your access to COVID-19 testing depends on the color of your skin. FiveThirtyEight and ABC News spent months reporting on the state of testing access in America. Watch the video and explore which cities have the biggest racial disparities in testing. → Read More

How A 60-Year-Old Drug Became Our Best Hope For Saving People With COVID-19

Animation by Donald Pearsall Dexamethasone, a steroid that appears promising for COVID-19 patients, has a long and storied history in medicine. We talk with experts about its many uses, and explore how it might save lives in this pandemic. → Read More