Deborah Netburn

Deborah Netburn is a science reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She began her journalism career at the New York Observer in 1999, and has covered residential real estate, rich kids in Manhattan, entertainment, home and garden, national news, and technology. She has worked at the Los Angeles Times since 2006.
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What it's like to be interviewed for a job by Koko the gorilla: 'She had a lot to say'

There aren’t many people who’ve had to impress a gorilla for a job interview, but Mary Lee Jensvold is one of them. The interviewer was Koko, the western lowland gorilla who made a name for herself by learning sign language. Jensvold reflects on the gorilla that changed our view of animals.

Paul Boyer, who was awed by cells and won a Nobel Prize for deducing how they use energy, dies at 99

Paul Boyer, a UCLA biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the “three-cylinder engine” that powers all life as we know it, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 99 years old when he passed away on June 2, and would have celebrated his 100th birthday on July 31.