About Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee is a viviparous, omnivorous, longitudinally symmetrical carbon-based male biped and staff member of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Since 1992, he has been the chief writer for Quest, the paper's award-winning weekly science section, where he covers all manner of scientific news and features, from the inner workings of the brain to the physical nature of "nothingness" -- the stuff between stuff.

LaFee has written two syndicated columns for Creators. Archives of Eureka! can be found here. Or read Wellnews  - new releases weekly.  

He is married with two young sons, whom he coaches in soccer and swimming when not explaining why dead spiders' legs curl up (failed hydraulics) or how 8 feet of DNA can be squeezed into every cell (very carefully).

LaFee lives in La Mesa, Calif., with his hominid family and their several nonhuman pets: two tortoises, three fire-bellied toads, a rat, a rabbit and a dog named Dave.

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Herpes and Alzheimer's Jul 01, 2020

New findings in a lab model of the herpes simplex virus HSV-1 suggest it might cause Alzheimer's disease. Researchers used mini-3D models of the human brain that were infected by the herpes virus (which causes cold sores). The brain organoids went o... Read More

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Vaccinations Plummet During Pandemic Jun 24, 2020

Routine vaccinations for children plummeted earlier this year, say researchers. Compared with the first four months of 2019, there were 2.5 million fewer doses of childhood vaccines ordered for prevention of diseases like rubella, diphtheria and whoo... Read More

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After Care, Women Take Care Jun 17, 2020

Women tend to live longer than men after a major illness, and the reason may be differences in how they seek treatment. Danish researchers looked at how 65,000 adults ages 60 and older accessed care before and after being admitted to a hospital for o... Read More

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Hospitals Still Safest for Births Jun 10, 2020

Even amid a pandemic and the rising popularity of home births, a new survey from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the safest place to have a baby is in a hospital or accredited birth center. Home births now account for more than 2% of birt... Read More