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Alan was all set on majoring in biology, but then he realized he liked writing about science more than doing research, so he left Hong Kong and went to study journalism in the U.S. After interning at NPR and WBEZ in Chicago, he has never wanted to work anywhere outside of public radio. He covers space and all other kinds of innovation. He enjoys comic books, LEGO, and dragon boating.

Latest by Alan Yu/WHYY

A disease wiped out a lot of Pennsylvania potatoes in 2016. Now research has found out how

After the 2016 outbreak, Penn State researchers collected samples from 26 potato fields in Pennsylvania to study the disease.
By Alan Yu/WHYY

This Philadelphia doctor wants you to consider eating animal organs

Eating organ meat is not mainstream in the U.S., leading to waste in the food supply. A doctor wants to change that.
By Alan Yu/WHYY

Philadelphia health department launches new lab to sequence, track COVID variants

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has opened a new lab to study the genetic makeup of the virus that causes COVID-19.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

Unvaccinated Philadelphia police officers to be placed on leave, possibly fired

The long dispute between the city of Philadelphia and police officers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 is over.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

How backyard chicken owners are protecting their flocks from the deadly avian flu outbreak

Avian flu poses low risks to the public, and there have been few cases among backyard chickens, owners in the region are still concerned.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

Doctors oppose bill that would let pharmacists continue to vaccinate children after pandemic

A bipartisan bill in Harrisburg aims to permanently allow pharmacists and trained pharmacy staff members to vaccinate children. The temporary privilege is set to expire whenever the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

By Alan Yu/WHYY and Nina Feldman/WHYY

How pharmacies and labs are scrambling to manage loss of federal COVID funds

The COVID-19 vaccines themselves are completely free to all Americans, and they’ll stay that way when the program funding runs out on April 6. But administering the doses does cost money.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY and Alan Yu/WHYY