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Big Pharma Would Like Your DNA
23andMe has always planned to sell access to its customers’ DNA—a fact it has not exactly kept secret. When the company’s DNA-testing service launched in 2007, Wired touted ...
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Why Did 11 Babies Die in a Generic Viagra Trial?
The story goes that Viagra began as a drug for chest pains. It didn’t work very well. But men in those clinical trials noticed a curious side effect ...
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The Deleted WeChat Post That Fueled China’s Vaccine Scandal
A vaccine scandal in China began building slowly and then suddenly, this weekend, it was everywhere at once. The story began back in November, when a large vaccine ...
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The Farcical Battle Over What to Call Lab-Grown Meat
On Thursday, in a small but packed auditorium, the FDA convened a public meeting about lab-grown meat—but you wouldn’t have known that if you were listening for those ...
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When the San Diego Zoo got a call asking whether they could train a polar bear to walk on a treadmill, as Megan Owen remembers it, their first ...
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Which Company Will Test the DNA of Separated Families?
It did not take long for people look to DNA as a solution for reuniting families separated at the border. First, congresswoman Jackie Speier suggested that the DNA-testing ...
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Europe Is Running Low on CO2
The past few weeks in the United Kingdom have brought a steady stream of ominous food headlines: Beer is being rationed! (In the middle of the World Cup, ...
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In 2014, Vermont became the first state to pass a law requiring labels for food that contains GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. GMO-labeling initiatives were soon popping up ...
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The Mysterious ‘Jumping Gene’ That Appears 500,000 Times in Human DNA
For years, Miguel Ramalho-Santos tried to convince researchers in his lab to study a segment of DNA he personally thought was quite extraordinary: LINE1. It’s repeated half a ...
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Why Would You Want a Prosthetic Hand That Feels Pain?
At a lab at Johns Hopkins University, researchers are building a prosthetic hand unlike any other: It can sense pain. It’s easy to understand why you might want ...
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