Maryn McKenna, Ars Technica

Maryn McKenna

Ars Technica

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Past articles by Maryn:

The bird flu outbreak has taken an ominous turn

It's moved to mammals; now the poultry industry needs new measures to stop its spread. → Read More

When will the pandemic truly be ‘over’?

Everyone wants to be done with Covid. But no single milestone will signal the end of the virus → Read More

A Global Food Crisis Is Not Imminent—Yet

The complexities of how drought and war affect global supplies. → Read More

Antibiotic Use in US Farm Animals Was Falling. Now It’s Not.

An initiative meant to stop deadly superbugs and improve animal welfare has stalled out. → Read More

To help people with long COVID, scientists need to define it

Patients with the perplexing syndrome have reported 200 different symptoms. → Read More

After Devastating Floods Comes a Fresh Scourge: Infectious Goo

Molds and fungi trigger allergies and sickness, and nobody is tracking it. → Read More

As COVID cases rise, so do hospital-related infections

Overcrowding from COVID care is allowing infections to rise again. → Read More

Flu Season and Covid-19 Are About to Collide. Now What?

Hospitals in the US are already stressed. Now, they must brace for a wave of flu patients needing more beds, lab tests, and ventilators. → Read More

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

The low-tech site run by health experts collects reports of new diseases in real time. They've got a shoestring budget—and a stunning track record. → Read More

Amid Coronavirus Fears, a Mask Shortage Could Spread Globally

Most of the world's supply of masks and respirators comes from China, and a supply chain gap poses a risk to everyday health care beyond the viral epidemic. → Read More

Farm Animals Are the Next Big Antibiotic Resistance Threat

Bacteria harvested from pigs and chickens are developing resistance to numerous antibiotics at an alarming rate. → Read More

The Death of a Patient and the Future of Fecal Transplants

Poop transplants work so well against some infections that they’re becoming a first line of defense. But two bad incidents raise questions about what's next. → Read More

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

The Asian longhorned tick showed up in the US last year and has flourished in unexpected places. And it's biting humans. → Read More

The antibiotics industry is broken—but there’s a fix

Attempts to develop new antibiotics are failing because the projects aren't profitable. → Read More

The Rise of Right-Wing Nationalism Is Jeopardizing the World's Health

And nowhere have attitudes toward public health changed more sharply than in the United States under President Trump. → Read More

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Medical responders spend millions of tax dollars handling disease outbreaks that could have been prevented—with vaccines. → Read More

Colonialists Are Coming For Blood — Literally

By Maryn McKenna During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, medical workers collected hundreds of thousands of samples of blood from victims and those presumed to be infected, in an effort to stem an epidemic that eventually took more than 11,000 lives. After that outbreak subsided, most of the samples were believed to have been … → Read More

Colonialists Are Coming For Blood—Literally

The latest way in which wealthy countries are profiting off developing nations is by harvesting useful genetic samples without paying a cent. → Read More

To Get Antibiotics Off Your Plate, Vote With Your Wallet

Obama-era regulation was supposed to curtail livestock antibiotics. But consumers are pushing Perdue, McDonalds, Tyson, Walmart, and more to change. → Read More

A New Disease Is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic

As perplexing to diagnose as it is to treat, acute flaccid myelitis may foreshadow whether our surveillance systems could uncover a severe epidemic. → Read More