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Carolyn Y. Johnson

Johnson joined the Health team as a science writer in 2008. She also has covered telecommunications and tech culture for the Business section. Johnson was a physics and English major at Amherst College and earned her master’s degree in science writing from MIT.

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Cancer cells may guide treatment

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

A Boston-based team published proof Thursday that one of the most alluring ideas in cancer treatment can work.

Astronomers invite public to name exoplanets

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

The International Astronomical Union announced plans to crowdsource the naming of new planets and their suns.

Scientists publish a deep look at DNA mutations in lung cancer

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

The large and comprehensive study of the most common kind of lung cancer could help scientists devise new treatments.

People prefer electric shocks to time alone with thoughts

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

A startling new study finds that people don’t much enjoy spending even 10 minutes alone with their thoughts.