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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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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Tuesday that local restrictions, including bans on indoor vaping, are needed to reduce youth e-cigarette use. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientist He Jiankui was criticized by colleagues after his claim to have created gene-edited babies became public. Three leading scientific organizations are calling for more controls. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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There has been a backlash since Chinese scientist He Jiankui's claim that he edited genes in embryos that became twin girls. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Outrage Intensifies Over Claims Of Gene-Edited Babies

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American biologist David Baltimore criticized a fellow scientist who claims he has edited the genes human embryos during the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong. China News Service/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Science Summit Denounces Gene-Edited Babies Claim, But Rejects Moratorium

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Researcher He Jiankui spoke Wednesday during the 2nd International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Facing Backlash, Chinese Scientist Defends Gene-Editing Research On Babies

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Chinese Scientist Says He's Created First Genetically Modified Babies

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Genetics researcher He Jiankui said his lab considered ethical issues before deciding to proceed with DNA editing of human embryos to create twin girls with a modification to reduce their risk of HIV infection. Critics say the experiment was premature. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Chinese Scientist Says He's First To Create Genetically Modified Babies Using CRISPR

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he wants to ban menthol cigarettes because teenagers often become addicted to nicotine by smoking them. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Seeks Ban On Menthol Cigarettes To Fight Teen Smoking

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Chase Kulakowski, 3, contracted the polio-like condition known as acute flaccid myelitis in 2016. Two years later, his mother isn't sure he will ever recover. He's seen on his bed at home in Dyer, Ind., in October. Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Cases Of Mysterious Paralyzing Condition Continue To Increase, CDC Says

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Evelyn Marie Vukadinovich is swabbed with a gauze pad immediately after being born by cesarean section at Inova Women's Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Mary Mathis/NPR hide caption

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Doctors Test Bacterial Smear After Cesarean Sections To Bolster Babies' Microbiomes

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DNA sleuthing helped identify Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected East Area Rapist, who was arraigned in a Sacramento, Calif., courtroom in April. Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Easy DNA Identifications With Genealogy Databases Raise Privacy Concerns

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Osteoporosis specialists are considering wider use of a drug to strengthen bones in elderly women. BSIP/BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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Wider Use Of Osteoporosis Drug Could Prevent Bone Fractures In More Elderly Women

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This adult Anopheles gambiae mosquito — the kind that spreads malaria — was genetically modified as part of the study. Andrew Hammond hide caption

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Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

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