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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

Genetic Testing Can Explain Some Sudden Deaths (But Not All)

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In a new study, San Diego scientists show that gene sequencing can often give families answers when a loved one suddenly dies. But in many cases, unexplained deaths can't be linked with DNA at all.

San Diego Company Aims To Create 3-D Printed Liver Transplants

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One in five Americans in need of a liver transplant dies on the wait list. San Diego-based Organovo hopes to change that by creating transplantable liver tissue in the lab.

Two Scientists With San Diego Ties Receive 'Genius Grants'

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Jin-Quan Yu, a chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, and Victoria Orphan, a Caltech geobiologist who grew up in San Diego, are among those receiving MacArthur fellowships this year.

A Closer Look At A San Diego Stem Cell Company’s Leadership

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A stroke patient who pursued stem cell treatments abroad says he trusted San Diego-based Stemedica based on its leaders’ credentials. But those credentials don’t always hold up to scrutiny.

Patients Turn To San Diego Stem Cell Companies For Costly, Unproven Treatments

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Jim Gass contacted San Diego-based Stemedica with the hope of recovering from a debilitating stroke. After following its referral to a Tijuana doctor, he got worse.

San Diego Scientists Find Zika May Infect Adult Brains Too

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For anyone who's seen the images of babies born with shrunken heads, the Zika virus' devastating toll on the brains of newborns is well-known. But now, local scientists are discovering that the virus could also be affecting the brains of adults.

San Diego Scientist Discovers Ancient Mexicans May Have Raised Rabbits

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When you think of ancient Mexico, you probably picture huge pyramids and colossal sculptures. A new study suggests you should also picture people tending to rabbits, hinting at an economy more complex than previously thought.

The Battle Over One Of The Most Studied Brains In Science

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Researchers interested in how the brain creates new memories studied Henry Molaison, or "patient H.M.," who became perhaps the most famous research subject in recent history. After Molaison died in 2008, his brain was moved to UC San Diego for further research. But it wouldn't stay there long.

San Diego Study Shows How Music Can Affect Public Perception Of Sharks

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Footage of sharks is often paired with ominous music, and that could harm shark conservation efforts.

San Diego Researcher Finds Millennials Less Likely To Be Sexually Active

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Millennials may be more accepting of premarital sex than any other generation, but fewer of them are actually doing it.

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