I am a San Francisco-based science journalist. I have written about the ethics of noninvasive prenatal testing, the economics of oil sands, Walmart's contradictory position on solar power, fashionable wear for space travel to Mars and more. 

I am a regular contributor to GenomeWeb and Planet Experts. My work has also been published in Discover, Nature Medicine, IEEE Spectrum, Success, and Scientific American Mind. 

I have a master's from New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. 

Feel free to contact me at monicaheger [at] gmail [dot] com or follow me on Twitter: @monbons 

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Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Moves to Single-Gene Disorders

Illumina Plans to Launch NovaSeq Accessory

Newborn Sequencing Projects Demonstrate Challenges of Broad Implementation

Noninvasive Prenatal Testing's Impact on Abortion

Despite Cancer Risk, Many Women Not Receiving Genetic Test

Genome Sequencing Becomes Key Tool in Tracking Outbreaks [PDF]

 Genomic Testing in China Poised to Take Off [PDF]

With Insurers Reluctant to Pay for Genomic Testing, Some Patients Turn to Crowdfunding 

Ethics of Noninvasive Prenatal Testing [PDF]

Genetic Counseling in the Era of Cancer Gene Panels [PDF]

Immunosequencing Comes of Age [PDF]


Dams be Damned: California Rebuilds Salmon Habitat that it Destroyed

Is It Time the National Parks Broke Up With Cars?



Fingerprinting Disease

The End of Easy Oil

Do Flame Retardants Dampen Human Health?

Stem Cell Science Takes Off


California's Renewable Energy Future

Only 15% of California's Solar Projects Are on the Right Land

Renewable Energy is Good for Your Health 

Mars is Hard

What to Wear on Mars


Delegation Paves Way for US-Cuba Research Collaborations [PDF]

Tech Meets Bio [PDF]

Regulators Move Toward Adverse Event Reporting via Mobile Apps

State Challenges to Painkiller Could Threaten FDA Authority


Bringing Renewable Energy to Glacier National Park

Big Oil and Gas Killed Bans on Fracking in Texas

Seabirds Starving Off Northern California Coast

Monterrey Bay's Toxic Algae Bloom Continues to Grow

Scientists Struggle to ID Mystery Goo Killing Bay Area Birds  


Bubble Trouble [PDF]

Fist-Bump to Fight Germs [PDF]



The Customer Knows Best



The Clock is Off [PDF]




IncellDx Works to Develop Better Cervical Cancer Test