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Stories by David Wagner

San Diego Scientist's Stem Cell Patent Challenge Stalls At Supreme Court

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After nine years, a legal battle on the merits of patenting stem cells has come to an end.

New Prenatal Blood Tests Screen For 'Alien' DNA

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Pregnant women have been among the first to benefit from blood tests that analyze "alien" DNA. They've also been the first to deal with the tests' shortcomings.

San Diego Researchers Discover Colorful New Seadragon Species

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The ruby seadragon is only the third known species of seadragon.

Is U.S. Ready For 'Three-Parent' Babies?

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Scientists have been developing a twist on in vitro fertilization that could help prevent terrible hereditary diseases. But what could go wrong with a third "parent" in the mix?

Study: Western United States Headed For Megadrought

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Think California's current drought is bad? Just wait for "megadrought."

Where San Diego Startups Are Strongest, According To Science

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Scientists have ranked the best regions in California for entrepreneurship, and their results suggest San Diego startups remain strongest in the suburbs.

San Diego Man Found Guilty In Revenge Porn Trial

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Jurors delivered guilty verdicts Monday in the trial of a San Diego man who ran a revenge porn website. But they were unable to reach verdicts on two counts.

San Diego Companies Partner On Prenatal Testing

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Through a new partnership, the San Diego company behind a leading prenatal test for Down syndrome hopes to offer expectant mothers more information about their pregnancies.

Google Glass Had A Rocky Rollout In San Diego

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Google announced Thursday it will stop selling Google Glass in its current form. The wearable device had a rocky rollout, resulting in some bizarre San Diego stories.

Store Security Gets New Meaning As Health Clinics Come To Retail

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More and more health care is happening outside traditional medical offices. Often, that means patients are getting basic care inside big retail stores. But when providers go out to meet patients where they shop, can security get lost along the way?

How A San Diego Scientist Helped Shape The Pope's Climate Change Plans

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The church is prioritizing climate change just months after the Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist organized a Vatican meeting on the issue.

Study Shows Mice Passing Down Drug Benefits To Offspring

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Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla were able to improve symptoms of a fatal brain disease in mice, even in those not directly given any drugs.

How A Compound Found In Red Wine Could Promote Health

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San Diego scientists have discovered how exactly the compound resveratrol promotes cellular health, and their findings could be good news for red wine drinkers.

San Diego Scientist Finds Relics Of Past Water In Martian Meteorite

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A close look at a meteorite from Mars suggests water may not have flowed abundantly on the planet 4 billion years ago.

San Diego Scientists Made One of the Year's Biggest Breakthroughs

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By expanding the genetic alphabet, San Diego researchers made one of the year's biggest breakthroughs, according to a leading journal.

San Diego Artist Could Be Seeing An Extra Dimension Of Color

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Scientists are studying Concetta Antico, who might be able to perceive colors invisible to most of us. Through DNA testing, they've determined she has the genes for something called tetrachromacy.

How San Diego Is Pitching In For NASA's Orion Test Flight

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San Diego engineers built crucial parts of NASA's spacecraft, and Navy ships stationed here will haul it ashore after it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean.

These Mice Got Healthier Not By Eating Less, But By Eating Less Often

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In a new study of mice, San Diego researchers show that timing of meals can be as important as what's on the plate.

SDSU Greeks Suspend Social Events Following Sexual Assault Concerns

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Fraternities at San Diego State University are suspending social activities and requiring all members to undergo sexual violence training, following a weekend that highlighted concerns about the Greek system's role in sexual assault on campus.

Activists Tell SDSU To Suspend Fraternities Over Sexual Assault Concerns

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San Diego State University students marching to raise awareness about campus sexual assault say they were taunted by men at two fraternities.

What Obama's Immigration Actions Mean For Tech Workers

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In his executive orders on immigration, President Barack Obama outlined plans for drawing high-skilled workers into the country.

Detailed Picture Of ZMapp Shows Room For Improvement

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San Diego researchers have published the most detailed picture yet of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, and the images suggest the formula could be improved.

California Sea Stars May Be Victims Of A Virus

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Researchers have identified a virus as the most likely cause behind millions of sea star deaths along the Pacific coast.

How A San Diego Researcher Aims To Predict Military Suicides

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Researchers say a computer model they've built could help identify Army soldiers most likely to commit suicide.

San Diego Researchers Measure Ice Shelf Stress In Antarctica

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers made the difficult trek to Antarctica in order to study the continent's largest ice shelf.

'Tooth Fairy' Brings Insight To San Diego Autism Researchers

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San Diego researchers are using donated baby teeth to get a look inside the autistic brain.

A Look Inside San Diego's Ebola Isolation Unit

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If anyone in San Diego were to be diagnosed with Ebola, they'd come to the isolation unit at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

San Diego Study Shows How To Double Charitable Giving

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People don't like paying for charity overhead. With the choice to give overhead-free, they'll donate more.

San Diego Researchers Find Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's Link

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By the age of 40, nearly everyone with Down syndrome has signs of Alzheimer's disease forming in their brain. San Diego researchers discovered one reason why in a new study.

San Diego Scientists Experiment With Crowd Funding

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Crowd funding is now a tried-and-true way to finance consumer products and art projects. But can it work for scientists?

How San Diego Hospitals Would Handle Ebola

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San Diego hospitals are stepping up patient screening and reviewing protective equipment procedures in case an Ebola patient should show up at their door.

Smartphones On Wheels: A Safer Alternative To Texting While Driving?

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Cars are becoming more like huge, rolling smartphones. Will embedding features right into the dashboard reduce driver distraction? Or make crashes more common?

San Diego Scientists Map Unseen Features Of Ocean Floor

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Scientists are just now mapping thousands of underwater mountains on the seafloor for the first time.

San Diego Climate Researchers Say 'Ditch The 2 Degree Warming Goal'

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Temperature rise isn't the best way to measure whether we're doing enough to combat climate change, San Diego scientists say.

San Diego Company Gets Approval To Use Drones For Commercial Filming

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The Federal Aviation Administration has given Aerial Mob and five other companies license to film movie and television scenes from the sky, via drone.

Minecraft Can Help Kids Learn To Code. Will Microsoft Keep It That Way?

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Inside one San Diego classroom, kids are learning the basics of computer science by playing their favorite video game: Minecraft.

San Diego Neuroscientists Find Unexpected Pathway To Depression

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San Diego neuroscientists have discovered an unusual connection leading to a part of the brain associated with depression.

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.

Meet San Diego's 'Johnny Hempseed'

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San Diego hemp booster Chris Boucher wants to sow hemp across the United States. But his seeds keep getting seized.

How To Fix Google Flu Trends

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A San Diego researcher says if Google wants to predict the spread of influenza, they'll have to work out some major kinks in Google Flu Trends.

Which Countries Drive Climate Change? Don't Ask The United Nations

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A San Diego scientist says the United Nations is letting politics get in the way of progress on climate change.

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