Life and career
Kolata was born Gina Bari in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother, prominent mathematician Ruth Aaronson Bari (1917 – 2005), was of Jewish descent. Her father, Arthur Bari (1913 - 2006), a diamond setter, was of Italian heritage. One of her sisters is Hood College art historian, Dr. Martha Bari. Another was Earth First! environmental activist, feminist and assassination attempt survivor, Judi Bari (1949 - 1997).
Kolata studied molecular biology as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a master's degree from University of Maryland, College Park in mathematics. The Department of Mathematics is part of the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. She joined Science magazine as a copy editor in 1973, and wrote for the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal from 1974 until she moved to The New York Times in September 1987. She remains a Health & Science reporter at the newspaper. She is a "self-proclaimed exercise addict (who thinks nothing of a 100-mile bike ride as a reward)," according to a Times advertisement for itself. Kolata has taught writing as a visiting professor at Princeton University and frequently lectures across the country. Her husband, William G. Kolata, has taught mathematics and served as the technical director of the non-profit Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Philadelphia, a nonprofit professional society for mathematicians. The couple has two grown children, Therese  and Stefan.
- Clone: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead, ISBN 0-688-16634-2
- Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It, Touchstone 2001 ISBN 0-7432-0398-4
- Sex in America: A Definitive Survey, ISBN 0-316-07524-8 (out of print)
- The Baby Doctors: Probing the Limits of Fetal Medicine, ISBN 0-440-21011-9 (out of print)
- Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Health and Exercise, ISBN 0-374-20477-2
- Rethinking Thin: The new science of weight loss - and the myths and realities of dieting. Picador. 2007. ISBN 0-312-42785-9.
- Kolata, Gina Bari. Water Structure and Ion Binding: A Role in Cell Physiology, Science, 192 (4254), June 18, 1976, pp. 1220–1222.
- Wilken, Claudia (October 15, 1997). "Bari et al. v. Doyle et al.". Decision and Order, pp. 2-3 (United States District Court for the Northern District of California). Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- Advertising supplement (with no title, but part of the "These Times Demand the Times" advertising campaign, as noted on the supplement's back page) to The New York Times, October 31, 2006, page ZK7 of the supplement
- Regis, Ed (1 Jan 1998). "Review: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead by Gina Kolata". NY Times.
- Recent and archived news articles by Gina Kolata of The New York Times.
- Gina Kolata at SourceWatch
- Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata, Official Book site
- Appearances on C-SPAN