Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan is science and medicine editor at the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the science group in 2005, she covered technology in the Business section for 10 years. In a parallel universe without journalism, she’d have a career in economics, genetics, biostatistics or some other field that describes the world in math.

Recent Articles

  • Teen vaping leads to teen smoking, new study suggests

    Teen vaping leads to teen smoking, new study suggests

    New survey results from high school students suggest that health officials have good reason to fear electronic cigarettes: Teens who said they had used the vaping devices were far more likely than their peers to try regular cigarettes over the next year. Among nonsmoking students who had vaped...

  • What makes a chimpanzee a BFF? Trust, study finds

    What makes a chimpanzee a BFF? Trust, study finds

    Trust is the key to friendship — not just for humans, but for chimpanzees as well. Elaborate experiments with chimps reveal that they often trust their BFFs to share a delicious snack. The same isn’t necessarily so when it comes to their mere acquaintances. The findings, published this week in...

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