Los Angeles Times

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

  • How your DNA influences your sex life

    How your DNA influences your sex life

    Your DNA doesn’t determine when you lose your virginity, but it may play a larger role in the matter than scientists had thought. A new study identifies 38 specific places in the human genome that appear to be associated with the age at which people first had sex. These spots affect a range of...

  • Genetic sleuths uncover Zika's viral secrets

    Genetic sleuths uncover Zika's viral secrets

    The Zika outbreak that has spread to 34 countries in the Western Hemisphere can be traced to a single viral carrier who brought it to Brazil in 2013, scientists reported this week. The researchers don’t know this carrier’s identity — but it may well have been a soccer fan. That theory is based...

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