Elizabeth Preston

Contributing Writer

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developmental biology

Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth

With a fully sequenced genome in hand, scientists hope they are finally poised to learn how axolotls regenerate lost body parts.

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Q&A

A Neurobiologist Thinks Big — and Small

By developing new tools for visualizing subcellular structure and activity in molecular detail, Ed Boyden advances on his goal of understanding how the brain works.

About the author

Elizabeth Preston is a freelance science writer whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Slate, Wired, National Geographic and many other publications. She also writes the “Inkfish” blog for Discover. Formerly, she was the editor of Muse, a magazine about science and ideas for kids.