Kendall Powell

Kendall Powell

Freelance science writer and editor, Kendall Powell covers the realm of biology, from molecules to maternity. She has written news stories, features and scientist profiles for a variety of publications including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Nature, PLoS Biology, Journal of Cell Biology, Science Careers and the HHMI Bulletin. She is a contributor to The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age (2013 Da Capo).

In a study published this week in mSphere, researchers describe how one group of salt-loving microbes, Halanaerobium, is most likely using environmental thiosulfate to produce sulfide—a toxic and corrosive chemical that well operators would like to avoid.

Researchers have discovered how Listeria monocytogenes, a common foodborne pathogen, travels through the mother’s body to fatally attack the placenta and fetus during early pregnancy in a macaque monkey.

Researchers take a closer look at how flaviviruses manipulates the cellular translation and stress machineries during infection.

Researchers have discovered that flaviviruses use an unexpected mechanism to hijack the cell’s machinery to replicate themselves compared to many other RNA viruses.

Researchers have generated the first images of the molecular architecture of the microbial community of a lichen.

An international team of researchers has spatially mapped molecules produced by an intact, complex microbial community for the first time

Nitrates, it turns out, are a common dietary trigger for some of the 38 million Americans who get migraines. Nitrates are also found in cardiovascular medicines, because once they are turned into nitric oxide (NO) in the body, that produces vasodilation.

Gruesome, ghastly, grisly. These are the words that popped into my head when I googled images of diabetic foot ulcers—one of the most common chronic wounds creating a silent and costly epidemic in healthcare.