Carolyn Y. Johnson

Washington, D.C.

Science reporter

Education: Amherst College, BA in Physics and English; MIT, MS in Science Writing

Carolyn Johnson is a science reporter. She previously covered the business of health, the pharmaceutical industry and the affordability of health care to consumers. Before coming to the Post, she covered science at the Boston Globe.
Latest from Carolyn Y. Johnson

Bulky or slender? Megalodon study reignites debate over extinct shark.

The extinct shark is often imagined as a supersized great white measuring up to 50 feet long. Now scientists argue megalodon was slimmer, and perhaps even longer.

January 21, 2024

Storm updates: Severe winter storm is ending, but now comes extreme cold

A new slew of hazards are materializing in the storm’s wake, including dangerous cold in much of the Great Lakes and Plains.

January 13, 2024

Ancient DNA helps trace multiple sclerosis origins in European descendants

The finding answers a long-standing conundrum about multiple sclerosis and recasts the modern-day illness, suggesting it is rooted in an evolutionary trade-off.

January 10, 2024

The ethical dilemma of gene editing: Our reporter took your questions

Science reporter Carolyn Y. Johnson chatted with readers about CRISPR and the first gene-editing medicine.

December 14, 2023

Extinct woolly dog was carefully bred for weaving, ancient DNA confirms

Smithsonian scientists teamed up with Coast Salish elders and weavers to study the pelt of Mutton, a woolly dog who died in 1859.

December 14, 2023

Young tyrannosaur died with a full stomach, remarkable fossil reveals

The juvenile tyrannosaur, called Gorgosaurus, had dined on the drumsticks of a feathered, bird-like dinosaur called Citipes.

December 8, 2023

FDA approves two sickle cell therapies, including first CRISPR medicine

The therapies offer hope for a long-overlooked genetic illness that can cause excruciating pain and cut decades off people’s lives.

December 8, 2023

There’s a better way to grind coffee, according to science

Adding a squirt of water to the beans before grinding reduces static, resulting in a more efficient way to brew a consistent, stronger-tasting shot of espresso.

December 6, 2023

This boy was born without an immune system. Gene therapy built one.

After four decades of work, scientists found a successful therapy to treat a form of “bubble boy disease” that is common among Navajo and Apache children.

November 27, 2023

Scientists have discovered what may be the first ‘vampire’ virus

Scientists discovered a strange virus called MiniFlayer that latches onto a larger virus called MindFlayer in soil collected in Maryland.

November 14, 2023