Mara Hvistendahl writes about national security and technology. Before joining The Intercept, she was a National Fellow at New America and the China bureau chief for Science. Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Economist, and Wired, and she has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBS, MSNBC, and NPR.
Mara is the author of “The Scientist and the Spy,” on an FBI counterintelligence investigation involving industrial espionage, and “Unnatural Selection,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize.
The Coronavirus CrisisFBI Sought Documents Related to U.S.-Funded Coronavirus Research in China
New records from the National Institutes of Health detail internal conversations involving the EcoHealth Alliance’s research in Wuhan.
U.N. Power Broker Jeffrey Sachs Took Millions From the UAE to Research “Well-Being”
The happiness project might be easy to dismiss if it didn’t confer legitimacy on a repressive government.
Journal Retracts Paper Based on DNA of Vulnerable Chinese Minorities
The retraction by Human Genetics follows a scientist’s efforts to expose research that is complicit in human rights violations.
Interpol’s Upcoming Election Raises Fears About Authoritarian Influence
A UAE official accused of overseeing torture is running for president of Interpol, while a Chinese official seeks a spot on the executive committee.