Virginia Hughes is an editor and occasional writer on the science desk at The New York Times. She oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Covid vaccine race in 2020, and has edited major health care investigations, including the 2022 “Profits Over Patients” series on nonprofit hospitals, and the 2023 “Operating Profits” series on overused and risky medical procedures. Before joining The Times, Ginny was the deputy editor-in-chief at BuzzFeed News and its founding science editor. And before that, she was an independent journalist specializing in genetics, neuroscience, and medicine. Her writing has appeared twice in The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two daughters, and energetic herding dog.