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Cici Zhang 

A science writer hoping to reignite your curiosity

"Either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."

An orange with citrus greening disease, credit shutterstock

Citrus greening is killing the world’s orange trees. Scientists are racing to help

Chemical & Engineering News (Cover Story)

To save a billion-dollar industry from the infectious disease, also known as huanglongbing, researchers are turning to gene editing, RNA interference, and other advanced techniques

OSIRIS-REx, shown here as an artist impression, is one of the two ongoing asteroid sample-return missions

The tale of 2 asteroid sample-return missions

Chemical & Engineering News (Cover Story)

OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2 are set to collect data that could reveal clues to the origins of life, as well as aid in planetary defense and resource mining

Drug companies routinely tweak their clinical trial designs in ways that seem designed to obtain opportune results. Very often, the FDA doesn’t mind.

Tweaking Drug Trial Design in the Hunt for the FDA’s Green Light


Undark Magazine

Her company, MicroByre, is proving that wild microbes can be engineered to produce useful chemicals

Sarah Richardson on prestige publishing: ‘Luckily, I don’t give a crap about that’

Chemical & Engineering News

Sarah Richardson stands outside the door of her lab. Credit: Laura Morton
Finding a match for bone marrow transplant is espeically hard for minority patients

When your medical treatment depends on your race


The Establishment

Why do minority patients have a much harder time finding a match for bone marrow transplants?

Selected Work

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Total solar eclipse, photo from NASA

This Chinese telescope team is making a 7,000 mile journey to the eclipse


Astronomy Magazine

An optical telescope built by the Chinese researchers starts its journey to 2017’s Great American Solar Eclipse

A photo of Chinese liquor baijiu, taken by Will Ludwig at C&EN

What's baijiu, and where does its unique flavor come from?


Chemical & Engineering News

Scientists and spirit producers are learning more about the chemistry of the Chinese liquor

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