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 research ...

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 officials ...