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Journalist, Author, Science Writer

I wrote an article that went viral in 2010, "What Is It About 20-Somethings?" for The New York Times Magazine, where I'm a contributing writer. It was so popular I was asked to write a book on the topic. This time, happily, I had a co-author: my younger daughter Samantha Henig, then a twenty-something herself.

Our book, TWENTYSOMETHING: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? was named by Kirkus as one of the 30 "Most Anticipated" nonfiction books of Fall 2012. Now I'm still writing magazine articles and thinking about my next book project, while spending too much time on Twitter and calling it research.

My other books include Pandora’s Baby, about the early days of in vitro fertilization research, the controversy surrounding the creation of the world's first test tube baby, and the ways in which that controversy sounds a lot like the debates now taking place about reproductive options like designer babies and human cloning. The book was the focus of a television documentary that aired on American Experience on PBS in the fall of 2006. The book before that, The Monk in the Garden, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. I've won some other nice awards, too: a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, two Science in Society awards from the National Association of Science Writers, and a career achievement award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I have also done a lot of lecturing, and since 2013 I have been an adjunct professor at the NYU journalism school, teaching journalism ethics to graduate students in the school's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program.

As challenging as it is, freelance writing makes for a lonely life. Luckily, my husband Jeff and I live in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York, an odd blend of quiet and lively, college town and gigantic city. In a place like this, other people, including other writers, are always right outside the door.