Laura Helmuth is the science editor for Smithsonian Magazine, a general-interest monthly magazine with about 8 million readers. She previously served as an editor for Science's news department, where she handled stories about aging, neuroscience, molecular biology, and other life sciences. She currently writes and edits as a freelancer for SAGE-KE, the Science of Aging Knowledge Environment produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Helmuth earned a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience in 1997 at the University of California, Berkeley. She conducted part of her dissertation research in Tübingen, Germany, on a DAAD fellowship.