Lauran Neergaard

For Lauran Neergaard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Boom in gene-editing raises ethics debate

Oct 24, 2015

Boom in gene-editing raises ethics debate

The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder. It may sound like science fiction, but ...

We travel with our own germs, new study indicates

Aug 31, 2014

We travel with our own germs, new study indicates

Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it is covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you will rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors ...

Vaccine mixture boosts polio immunity

Aug 30, 2014

Vaccine mixture boosts polio immunity

New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and conflict-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. The World Health Organization ...