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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 Study: Even Short, Moderate Workouts Impart Health Benefits

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Workouts don't have to be exhausting or time-consuming to improve your health, according to a recent UC San Diego School of Medicine study.

San Diego Scientists Bring Back First Footage Of Colorful Seadragon

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After discovering a new species of seadragon by analyzing specimens held in museums, a team of San Diego scientists has spotted the colorful creature in the wild and brought back the first glimpses of it captured on film.

San Diego-Based Illumina Says The $100 Genome Is Only A Few Years Away

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Genetic sequencing company Illumina says within three to 10 years, their new machines will bring down the baseline cost of sequencing a human genome from about $1,000 to $100.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Weekend Storms Deliver Substantial Snow

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Storms that caused flooding in Northern California over the weekend also contributed to major growth in the Sierra snowpack.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Halfway Through Wet Season, Where Does CA Stand?

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After a week that brought rain and snow to San Diego County, an update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows statewide rain totals growing at a steady pace, but the Sierra snowpack struggling to keep up.

San Diego Company’s Parkinson’s Drug Shows Promise For Alzheimer's

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Acadia Pharmaceuticals recently reported new study results suggesting their Parkinson's drug may also be effective at warding off hallucinations and delusions in Alzheimer’s patients.

Regulation Of Stem Cell Treatments Uncertain In Era Of Political Change

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As Trump prepares to take office, experts say it's unclear whether the FDA will push forward with proposed regulations of unproven and expensive stem cell treatments.

Salk Researchers Work Toward Growing More Realistic 3D Mini-Brains

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The hope is that one day, researchers could use these tiny models of the human brain to better understand how disorders like schizophrenia and autism take root during early brain development.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Warm Temps Keeping Snowpack Thin

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An update from the newly relaunched KPBS Drought Tracker shows Thursday night's storm coming in the midst of a wet season that has so far brought California increased rain — but paltry snow — compared to previous drought years.

Salk Scientists Reverse Signs Of Aging In Mice

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The research may not have direct applications in humans yet, but experts say it shows that aging may be a more malleable process than many people think.

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