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David Wagner

Science & Technology Reporter

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David Wagner covers the science and technology beat for KPBS. Before arriving in San Diego, he wrote a research column for The Atlantic magazine's sister site The Atlantic Wire. Other positions found him producing web content for NPR's Arts & Life channel and writing features for the San Francisco Chronicle. He holds English and Political Science B.A.s from UC Berkeley.

Recent Stories

San Diego Researchers Rally Around National 'Cancer Moonshot'

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Local cancer researchers, patients and biotech leaders gathered in La Jolla to hear Vice President Joe Biden outline plans for a national effort to end "cancer as we know it."

Is San Diego The Next Silicon Valley? No, Say Many Local Startup Workers

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If you follow news about local startups, you’ve probably heard this a lot lately: San Diego is the next Silicon Valley. Really?

San Diego Scientists Develop New Way Of Looking Deep Inside The Human Brain

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By zooming inside individual neurons from different brain regions, scientists found diversity in how different cells transcribe their DNA.

San Diego Scientist Compares Obesity Drugs, Finds No 'Magic Bullets'

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Here's what UC San Diego's Siddharth Singh said: "The magnitude of weight loss across all these medicines was not very impressive."

Hillcrest Vigil For Orlando Victims Draws Crowds Monday Night

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A vigil in Hillcrest honored the 49 victims of this weekend's shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Genetic Chain Reaction Isn’t Ready For Release In The Wild, Scientists Say

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A technique known as "gene drive" could fight diseases like malaria and Zika by rewriting the rules of genetic inheritance. But it's not ready for use in the wild, according to a new report.

Scripps Oceanography Caught In Exxon Mobil Political Crossfire

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A Republican congressman claims investigations into Exxon Mobil stem from a meeting held at Scripps in 2012. The meeting compared oil companies to the tobacco industry.

Few Women At The Top Of San Diego's Biotech Industry

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Out of 44 publicly traded life sciences companies based in San Diego, only one has a female CEO.

San Diego Researchers Could Receive Pay Raise

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Scientists in early stages of their careers could receive a substantial pay raise under new overtime rules. But it’s not yet clear UC San Diego postdocs will be affected.

How You Can Help San Diego Scientists Search For Zika Drugs

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Scientists have a long way to go in developing a drug that can effectively fight the Zika virus. Researchers at UC San Diego are taking the first step, and they're asking for your help.

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