Kat McGowan

Contributing Writer

<p>Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?</p>
Biology

I Contain Multitudes

Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?

<p>Bacteria may have helped single-celled organisms make the leap to multicellular animals.</p>
evolution

Where Animals Come From

Bacteria may have helped single-celled organisms make the leap to multicellular animals.

<p>Striking evidence that plants warn each other of environmental dangers is reviving a once ridiculed field.</p>
Biology

The Secret Language of Plants

Striking evidence that plants warn each other of environmental dangers is reviving a once ridiculed field.

About the author

Kat McGowan is a journalist based in New York City and Berkeley who specializes in health and science. She is a contributing editor for Discover magazine. Her story on the failures of memory, “Out of the Past,” was selected for “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010.”