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 to track poverty from space

    How to track poverty from space

    You can get a pretty good idea of a country’s wealth by seeing how much it shines at night — just compare the intense brightness of China and South Korea to the dark mass of North Korea that’s sandwiched between them. But nighttime lights don’t tell you which neighborhoods or villages within a...

  • Three vaccines prevent Zika infection in monkeys; vaccine trial in humans gets underway

    Three vaccines prevent Zika infection in monkeys; vaccine trial in humans gets underway

    One day after U.S. health officials announced an early start to a clinical trial to test a Zika vaccine in humans, researchers reported in the journal Science that three types of vaccines designed to block the virus all worked to perfection in monkeys. The three experimental vaccines had already...

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