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Sarah Zhang

Sarah Zhang is a staff writer at The Atlantic.
Ideas

The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight

A year of scientific uncertainty is over. Two vaccines look like they will work, and more should follow.

CIO Briefing

The Vaccine News That Really Matters

Soon COVID-19 vaccine makers will release early data from large clinical trials, and the results could be ambiguous.

Ideas

Vaccine Chaos Is Looming

The COVID-19 vaccines furthest along in clinical trials are the fastest to make, but they are also the hardest to deploy.

CIO Briefing

Why the Coronavirus Hits Kids and Adults So Differently

COVID-19 is much less severe in children, and it could have to do with a child’s still-developing immune system.

Cybersecurity

People Are Clamoring to Buy Old Insulin Pumps

How an obsolete medical device with a security flaw became a must-have for some patients with type 1 diabetes.

Emerging Tech

A DNA Company Wants You to Help Catch Criminals

Family Tree DNA was criticized for secretly working with the FBI. Now it’s explicitly asking potential customers to help law enforcement.

Emerging Tech

You Should Be Worried About Your DNA Privacy

DNA databases are just the beginning.

Data

The 'Genome Hacker' Who Mapped a 13-Million-Person Family Tree

Huge crowdsourced genealogy databases are inspiring new genetics research.

CIO Briefing

What Happens When You Put 500,000 People's DNA Online

Huge genetic databases are changing how scientists study disease.

CIO Briefing

The Genomic Revolution Reaches the City Crime Lab

How will law enforcement handle the deluge of new information available from DNA?

Emerging Tech

China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom

The country’s universities and tech giants are starting to surpass American ones when it comes to researching and implementing AI.

Emerging Tech

The Low-Tech Way to Colonize Mars

NASA researchers are modeling Martian settlements after early American colonists.