Arlene Weintraub

 Arlene Weintraub
Arlene Weintraub
Contributing Writer

Arlene Weintraub is a science journalist and author with 20 years of experience writing about health care, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Her most recent book, Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures (ECW Press 2015), brings to life the world of comparative oncology and the many ways dogs are helping in the war against cancer. Her freelance pieces have been published in the New York Times, US News & World Report, Technology Review, Scientific American, USA Today, and other media outlets. She was previously a senior health writer for BusinessWeek, covering both the science and business of health. She has won awards from the New York Press Club, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Foundation for Biomedical Research, and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Her book about the antiaging industry, Selling the Fountain of Youth, was published by Basic Books in 2010.

Stories by Arlene Weintraub


PBS documentary spotlights translational cancer research in dogs

Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center has long been a proponent of a worldwide effort to recruit dogs that develop cancer into clinical trials that could translate to new therapies for people. Now the university’s veterinarians will be able to preach the value of their research to a broad audience with a new PBS documentary.

One Health front-and-center at UN and BIO confabs

The concept of One Health collaborations between animal- and human-health experts was prominent at the United Nations’ first-ever General Assembly meeting on combating antimicrobial resistance, as well as the Biotechnology Innovation Organization's conference on animal biotech.
black and white cow

Startups pitch health-monitoring ear tags as cost-savers

Wireless sensors that clip to cows’ ears are helping farmers monitor activity levels and feeding patterns of the animals, and by extension improving the monitoring for early signs of disease. Now, several companies are angling to grab a piece of this growing market.

Is China setting a new standard for antibiotics-free pig farming?

Shen Jian-Ping’s 465 pigs live in roomy, temperature-controlled pens, where they eat feed enriched with nutrients and drink piped-in purified water that’s treated to remove pathogens. And Shen’s pigs aren’t fed antibiotics to either prevent disease or promote growth. Farming approaches like this could catch on around the world.
Dog with arthritis

Can startup PetVivo survive the canine arthritis market?

PetVivo, founded in 2013 and trading over-the-counter, is running out of resources as it gets set to launch an arthritis treatment for dogs. It’s an unenviable position to be in, especially considering how competitive the canine osteoarthritis market is shaping up to be.

Norwegian scientists ID strategy for stopping MRSA transmission in pigs

In Norway, where transmissible disease livestock-associated MRSA (LA-MRSA) emerged in 2013, animal health officials have implemented a “search and destroy” strategy, monitoring every animal closely to prevent the disease from spreading through herds. Now that strategy is bringing to light an unexpected source of transmission--and it’s not the pigs that are to blame, but rather the people who care for them.

USDA releases response plan for emerging animal diseases

The USDA has had its hands full in recent years dealing with outbreaks of new diseases that threaten the health of food animals and, by extension, the bottom lines of farmers and food producers. So it’s no wonder the agency is fine-tuning its response to emerging animal diseases--and seeking the public’s input on its plan.