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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

Stem Cells Give San Diego Scientists Useful Portrait Of Schizophrenia

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San Diego scientists take a neurochemical fingerprint of schizophrenia. And they do it without probing the brains of lab mice.

Despite Rise Of ISIS, Isis Pharmaceuticals Will Keep Its Name

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The rise of ISIS has triggered some rebranding efforts among organizations unlucky enough to share a name with the terrorist group. But one Carlsbad-based drug company is holding off on a name change.

San Diego Biotech Lands Up To $42 Million For Ebola Drug Development

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A U.S. health agency has awarded San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical new funding to speed up work on an experimental Ebola drug.

Climate Change Could Soak Up California's Fresh Mountain Water Runoff

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A new study suggests rising temperatures could cut into California's water supply.

San Diego Company Opens Up About Experimental Ebola Drug

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After weeks of shying away from the news media, the head of a small San Diego drug company finally talked publicly about his company's experimental Ebola treatment ZMapp.

African Doctor Treated With San Diego Company's Ebola Drug Dies

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A Liberian doctor's death is the second among the six people treated with ZMapp, an experimental drug to treat Ebola made by a San Diego-based biotech.

Judging An Ebola Drug In The Middle Of A Crisis

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In most cases, Ebola is a death sentence. But most of the infected patients who've taken a San Diego company's experimental drug have lived. Does that mean it works?

San Diego Company Exhausts Supply Of Ebola Drug

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The San Diego company behind an experimental Ebola treatment given to two American health workers last week is now out of the drug. The last available samples have been donated to West Africa.

San Diego Scientist Illuminates Link Between Light And Health

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Whether it's coming from the sun or a smartphone, light is abundant. But research suggests the wrong light at the wrong time of day can disrupt the body's natural rhythms.

An Afterlife For California's Offshore Oil Rigs?

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They look ugly and lifeless from the shore. But beneath the water's surface, offshore oil rigs in California harbor rich ecosystems that some people want to want to preserve.

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