Asher Jones

Asher Jones

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

@AsherGJones

Asher Jones, based in Arlington, Virginia, covers Life Sciences and Physical Sciences for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Asher was an intern at The Scientist and an AAAS Mass Media fellow at Voice of America. She has a Ph.D in Entomology from Penn State University. 

Young city birds' immune systems take a hit from light pollution. (Hannah Watson)
Young city birds' immune systems take a hit from light pollution. (Hannah Watson) Researchers found that exposing great tit nestlings to artificial light at night altered their immune responses, suggesting that light pollution could harm the health of urban birds by potentially making them less able to fend off infections.

A new Ebola test could change the testing game. (Christopher Black/World Health Organization via AP)
A new Ebola test could change the testing game. (Christopher Black/World Health Organization via AP) A new test for Ebola provides a result in 60 minutes and detects infections in monkeys earlier than other assays, according to U.S. researchers who say the technology could help thwart deadly virus outbreaks.