Contributor corner: Ed Yong

Ed YongEd Yong is an award-winning science writer. His blog Not Exactly Rocket Science is hosted by National Geographic, and his work has also appeared in Wired, Nature, the BBC, New Scientist, the Guardian, the Times, Aeon, Discover, Scientific American, The Scientist, the BMJ, Slate, and more. He lives in London with his wife. 

Twitter: @edyong209

What is your feature about?

It's about a woman, an extreme athlete with no scientific background and two separate genetic disorders, who identified a gene that underlies them both. It's about how she did it, what it takes to do something like that, and why it might get easier in the future.

What did you learn that you didn't expect?

That you should not drive through Baja at 1 in the morning after a very long flight. And I learned who Rodney Mullen is.

Read Ed’s feature on Mosaic, publishing 19 August 2014.

Read Ed's previous Mosaic feature, 'How malaria defeats our drugs'.