Rob Stein
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Rob Stein
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Rob Stein

Correspondent and Senior Editor, Science Desk

Rob Stein is a correspondent and senior editor on NPR's science desk.

An award-winning science journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Stein mostly covers health and medicine. He tends to focus on stories that illustrate the intersection of science, health, politics, social trends, ethics, and federal science policy. He tracks genetics, stem cells, cancer research, women's health issues and other science, medical, and health policy news.

Before NPR, Stein worked at The Washington Post for 16 years, first as the newspaper's science editor and then as a national health reporter. Earlier in his career, Stein spent about four years as an editor at NPR's science desk. Before that, he was a science reporter for United Press International (UPI) in Boston and the science editor of the international wire service in Washington.

Stein is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He completed a journalism fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, a program in science and religion at the University of Cambridge, and a summer science writer's workshop at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Stein's work has been honored by many organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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Swedish Scientist Starts DNA Experiments On Healthy Human Embryos

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Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

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Researchers Question Safety, Value Of Untested Stem Cell Treatments

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Pablo Ross of the University of California, Davis, inserts human stem cells into a pig embryo as part of experiments to create chimeric embryos. Rob Stein/NPR hide caption

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NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

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NIH Plans To End Moratorium On Funding Controversial Chimera Research

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Research Provides New Insight Into The Evolution Of Human Microbes

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A Broward County, Fla., employee takes water samples in a yard to test for mosquito larvae in June. It's part of the county's mosquito control program. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Ovarian tissue after the thaw — ready for reimplantation. Courtesy of The Infertility Center of St. Louis hide caption

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Twin Sisters Try To Get Pregnant With Ovaries They Froze In 2009

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Zika virus particles (colored purple in this scan) infecting cells. Each particle is about 40 nanometers in diameter. CDC/Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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A Case Of Zika Apparently Spread From A Patient To A Family Caregiver

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is updating its guidelines on preventing transmission of Zika virus via sexual activity. Stephanie Lynn/Flickr Flash/Getty Images hide caption

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Genetically modified mosquitoes are released in Piracicaba, Brazil, in an effort to combat Zika virus. These mosquitoes were modified using conventional techniques. Victor Moriyama/Getty Images hide caption

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New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

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Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

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