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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

Biotech Company’s Stock Rises After Premature Data Release At San Diego Conference

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Reporters were asked to withhold coverage of results from an Alzheimer's disease drug study until the company's presentation at a San Diego conference on Friday morning. But word of the positive data spread ahead of time.

Study: Gene Testing Didn't Encourage Healthier Habits

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If you knew your genetic risk of developing a disease, would you adopt healthier habits to keep that disease at bay? If you're anything like the participants of a recently published study, you probably wouldn't.

Amid Lawsuit, San Diego Stem Cell Company Pushes Back On Proposed Regulations

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La Jolla-based Stemgenex wants patients to have access to what the company calls "life-altering" stem cell treatments. But patients currently suing the company say they paid thousands of dollars for treatments that didn't work.

San Diego Study Explores The Brain's Memory, Navigation Centers

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Patients with damage to a part of the brain crucial for long-term memory formation could still find their way around using a map, a new study finds.

Salk Scientists' New Gene Editing Technique Gives Vision To Blind Rats

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The rats didn't regain crystal-clear vision, but the study shows for the first time that scientists can insert beneficial genes into fully developed, non-dividing cells.

World's Largest Neuroscience Convention Coming To San Diego

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The annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience is expected to draw about 30,000 attendants to the San Diego Convention Center.

San Diego Scientists Help Develop New Twist On In Vitro Fertilization

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"This method could help parents who want to have their own child disease-free," said a Salk Institute scientist who co-led the study.

San Diego Climate Scientists Are Not Optimistic About A Trump Presidency

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They're worried about the effects his administration could have on international climate agreements and the future of global warming research in the U.S.

San Diego Scientists Add Color To Black-And-White Electron Microscopes

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Like Dorothy stepping into Oz, UC San Diego researchers have brought color to the highly detailed images produced by electron microscopes.

San Diego Scientists Create Electronics Material That Can Heal Itself

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A team of researchers at UC San Diego says its self-healing material could be useful in designing new kinds of wearable electronic devices.

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