Kat McGowan

Contributing Writer


I Contain Multitudes

August 21, 2014

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


Where Animals Come From

July 29, 2014

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

Maple leaves.

The Secret Language of Plants

December 16, 2013

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.”