About Mosaic

Mosaic is a magazine dedicated to exploring the science of life. We publish in-depth stories on the people, ideas and trends that drive biology and medicine and affect our lives, health and society. 

All Mosaic’s articles can be reproduced or distributed for free. All that we ask is that you attribute the work to the author and Mosaic, linking back to our website. Our articles are published under a Creative Commons licence. This means that you can copy and distribute the work and use it commercially.

Mosaic is published by Wellcome, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. Mosaic is editorially independent, covering subjects that fit with Wellcome’s mission and vision, but isn’t limited to research that it funds. Mosaic’s contributors bring their own unique perspectives to their stories, which means that the views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of Wellcome.

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The team

Editor-in-Chief: Giles Newton

Editor: Chrissie Giles

Editorial Director: Mark Henderson

Commissioning Editor: Mun-Keat Looi

Associate Editors: Michael Regnier and Rob Reddick

Copyeditors: Tom Freeman and Rob Reddick

Film and Audio Producer: Chris Chapman

Art Director: Peta Bell (maternity leave); Charlie Hall

Marketing: Priya Barde

Coverage and awards

Mosaic stories have been republished on websites and in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including ABC News, The Atlantic, BBC Future, Business Insider, BuzzFeed, CNN, Digg, Discover, El País, Gizmodo, The Guardian, The Hindu, The Independent, io9, MailOnline, Newsweek, New Statesman, Pacific Standard, Quartz, RawStory, Scroll.in, The Week and The Wire. Thanks to our Creative Commons licence, Mosaic stories have been translated into Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, KoreanPortugueseSpanishThai and TurkishSee our Pinterest boards for coverage and republishes.

Mosaic was featured in this story by The Drum


At the 2017 Medical Journalists’ Assocication Awards, Emma Young's piece Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening won in the Feature of the Year, Specialist Audience, and Jane Feinmann won Freelancer of the Year for a portfolio including The little yellow box that’s made thousands of operations safer for Mosaic. Overall, Mosaic was nominated for four awards, including Editor of the Year for Chrissie Giles and the Science Explained category for The engineer who fixed his own heart.

Mary O'Hara won Silver in the International Feature category for her piece Psychosis in Parkinson’s: now we can treat it without making other symptoms worse at the 59th SoCal Journalism Awards.

Mary O’Hara’s piece on the mental health impacts of austerity was adapted as a chapter in the Violence of Austerity (2017, Pluto Press, London).

Michael Regnier's story The man who gave himself away has been included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017 (2017, Mariner Books, New York).


Mosaic won the Website of the Year Award at the 2016 Medical Journalists Association Awards. Three of its stories featured in Longreads' 2016 best of lists. The short film 'How to make a prosthetic eye' was part of the official selection for the Imagine Science Film Festival, New York in 2016, the Imagine Science Film Festival, Abu Dhabi 2017 and the Viten Film Festival, Norway 2016. 


Mosaic was specially commended for Best Use of Photography at the 2015 Online Media Awards, with Giles Newton nominated for Online Editor of the Year. Giles was also nominated for Best Editor at the 2015 Medical Journalists’ Association Summer Awards. Mosaic was shortlisted for two awards at the 2015 British Media Awards, including Website of the Year, with Commissioning Editor Mun-Keat Looi receiving silver in the Rising Star category. Patrick Strudwick’s Mosaic story ‘One virus, four lives: the reality of being HIV positive’ won the Science Explained award at the 2015 Medical Journalists’ Association Winter Awards, with Catherine de Lange’s ‘Brazil’s billion-dollar gym experiment’ also shortlisted for Best Profile of a Health or Medical Figure. Alexander Masters’ ‘A plutocratic proposal’ received the Best Investigative Journalism award at the 2015 Association of British Science Writers Awards.


Our video series Last Chance Saloon won the Documentary & Lifestyle category at TO Webfest 2014. Virginia Hughes’s ‘Arrested development’ and Ed Yong’s ‘DIY diagnosis’ were listed among the best reads of 2014 by Longreads.com, Longform and Digg.

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