Ben Guarino

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the practice and culture of science

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BSE in bioengineering; New York University, MA in journalism

Ben Guarino is a reporter for The Washington Post’s Science section. Before joining The Post in 2016, he worked as a freelance science journalist, an associate editor at the Dodo and a medical reporter at the McMahon Group. He also has a background in bioengineering.
Latest from Ben Guarino

The coronavirus is still mutating. But will that matter? ‘We need to keep the respect for this virus.’

A drop in infections offers hope that the end of pandemic is in sight. The virus may have something to say about that.

October 18, 2021

How the hunt for this deadly virus shaped the search for coronavirus’s origins

Scientists quickly identified the deadly Nipah virus, tracing it to fruit bats. The detective story is taking on new relevance as scientists hunt for the origins of coronavirus and as zoonotic spillover is happening with increasing frequency, heightening the possibility of more pandemics in the future.

October 14, 2021

Pfizer, BioNTech ask FDA to authorize coronavirus vaccine for children 5 to 11

An estimated 28 million children in the United States would be eligible for the shots if regulators give the green light.

October 7, 2021

Nobel Prize in physics awarded to trio who described climate change, other complex natural systems

One half of the prize recognizes research that helped predict global warming.

October 5, 2021

Second dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine increases protection against covid-19, maker says

Regulators would have to authorize Johnson & Johnson booster shots before the public could receive them.

September 21, 2021

Latest updates: Deaths climb to at least 44 from Northeast floods caused by Hurricane Ida’s remnants

The remnants of Hurricane Ida unloaded a historic deluge in New York City and the northeast on Wednesday night, shutting down subway lines and triggering states of emergencies in New York and New Jersey.

September 3, 2021

Ida’s remnants inundate the Northeast, killing more than 40

New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were among the hardest hit as rainfall burst through records.

September 2, 2021

Massive randomized study is proof that surgical masks limit coronavirus spread, authors say

The pre-print paper, which tracked more than 340,000 adults across 600 villages in rural Bangladesh, is by far the largest randomized study on the effectiveness of masks at limiting the spread of the illness caused by the coronavirus.

September 1, 2021

The Full Comirnaty

What the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine means. Plus, big business pledged nearly $50 billion for racial justice after George Floyd’s killing. Where did the money go?

August 25, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine gets full FDA approval, potentially persuading the hesitant to get a shot

The Food and Drug Administration action marks the first licensing of a vaccine for the coronavirus, which that has swept the United States in repeated waves since early 2020.

August 23, 2021