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Stories by David Wagner

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San Diego Study: California Kids With An Autistic Older Sibling Are Less Likely To Be Vaccinated

Sept. 14, 2017
By David Wagner

Only 83 percent of infants with an autistic older sibling are vaccinated, compared with 97 percent of infants in general.

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San Diego Researchers Estimate Damage From 'Big One' Along Rose Canyon Fault

Sept. 14, 2017
By David Wagner

It may not have the name recognition of the San Andreas fault, but San Diego's Rose Canyon fault is still capable of inflicting heavy damage, according to a new assessment by local researchers.

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New UC San Diego Building Will Bear Indian Philanthropist's Name

Sept. 12, 2017
By David Wagner

A new $110 million building was dedicated Tuesday on the UC San Diego campus.

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HIV Survivors Give Their 'Last Gift' In A New San Diego Study

Sept. 11, 2017
By David Wagner

A team of researchers in San Diego says to get closer to an HIV cure, scientists need to study patients at the end of their lives.

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These San Diego Scientists Can Predict How You Look Using Only Your Anonymous DNA

Sept. 4, 2017
By David Wagner

Can your personal genetic data be kept truly private? J. Craig Venter and his team of scientists in La Jolla are out with a new study that offers a word of warning.

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FDA Seizes Risky Smallpox Vaccine From San Diego Stem Cell Company

Aug. 28, 2017
By David Wagner

The agency said it is looking into how StemImmune obtained the potentially dangerous vaccine for use in treatments given to cancer patients in Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills.

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Internal Documents Raised Long-Standing Concerns About Gender Bias At Salk Institute

Aug. 24, 2017
By David Wagner

Leaked documents reveal that concerns were raised internally long before three female professors filed gender discrimination lawsuits against the La Jolla research institute.

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San Diegans Watch Partial Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21, 2017
By City News Service, David Wagner

Thousands of San Diegans enjoyed viewing Monday's solar eclipse at events around the city as 57 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon.

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San Diego Eclipse Chasers Travel North For The Total Experience

Aug. 18, 2017
By David Wagner

Oregon is expecting around 1 million travelers to flood into the state next week, hoping for a glimpse of Monday's total solar eclipse. And some San Diego eclipse chasers will be among those traveling to remote areas within the path of totality.

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Study Finds Public Pushing Back On Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Aug. 15, 2017
By David Wagner

A new study led by a UC San Diego researcher finds that some Americans are strongly opposed to releasing genetically modified insects in the wild — even though scientists say the approach could fight the spread of diseases like Zika and malaria.

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San Diego Scientists Tweak Gene Editing Tool To Target RNA

Aug. 10, 2017
By David Wagner

Scientists experimenting on plants, animals and even human embryos have used the powerful gene editing tool CRISPR to alter DNA. But a team of UC San Diego scientists have repurposed the technique to target RNA, the molecule crucial for translating the genetic information stored in DNA.

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New Study Traces Airborne Dust Back To Shrinking Salton Sea

Aug. 7, 2017
By David Wagner

A new UC Riverside study provides some answers to the question of whether the shrinking Salton Sea is worsening air quality and hurting the health of nearby residents.

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Salk Scientists Contribute To First Gene Editing Of Human Embryos In US

Aug. 2, 2017
By David Wagner

Salk scientists were involved in a new study that raises the possibility of curing certain genetic diseases in future generations. But the prospect of editing a child's DNA before they are born remains very controversial.

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New San Diego Study Adds To Debate On E-Cigarettes

July 26, 2017
By David Wagner

UC San Diego researchers find that more Americans have been quitting smoking in recent years, and that e-cigarette users were more likely to succeed. But they say that does not mean e-cigarettes are a silver bullet in the fight against smoking.

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Fact-Checking Website Snopes Gets Outpouring Of Financial Support Amid Lawsuit

July 25, 2017
By David Wagner

Facing a lawsuit, one of the founders of the pioneering fact-checking website Snopes.com — which has opened offices in San Diego — has quickly raised over $500,000.

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'The Martian' Novelist Andy Weir On The Importance Of Getting Science Right

July 24, 2017
By David Wagner, Michael Lipkin

The science in "The Martian" is so realistic it is being used as a high school science textbook, teaching students about chemistry and physics.

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Salk Institute Gets Pushback Over Response To Gender Discrimination Lawsuits

July 19, 2017
By David Wagner

The La Jolla scientific research institution has been getting pushback from some prominent scientists over its description of the two scientists who brought forward the complaints.

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SANDAG Hears Plans To Test Self-Driving Cars On San Diego Roads

July 14, 2017
By David Wagner

Soon, you might start to see self-driving cars on public roads as part of a national test planned for the San Diego region.

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San Diego Scientist Says Large Iceberg That Broke From Antarctica May Not Be Cause For Alarm

July 14, 2017
By David Wagner

The iceberg may be the size of Delaware. But a Scripps Institution of Oceanography glaciologist said that does not mean it will cause dramatic sea level rise — or that global warming was responsible.

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This 'Smart Glove' Can Translate Sign Language

July 12, 2017
By David Wagner

You have heard of smartphones and smart watches. Now, UC San Diego researchers have built a "smart glove" that can translate sign language gestures into text displayed on a mobile device — all for less than $100.

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California Adds Monsanto Weed Killer To List Of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

July 7, 2017
By David Wagner

Some local governments, including the city of Encinitas, have already implemented municipal bans on the weed-killing chemical glyphosate.

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Judge Rules FTC Antitrust Case Against Qualcomm Can Move Forward

June 28, 2017
By David Wagner

A federal judge has decided that an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm can move forward.

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Ancient California Indians May Have Been Sickened By Water Bottles

June 27, 2017
By David Wagner

Researchers now think petroleum-coated water bottles fashioned by ancient California Indians may have been a hazard to human health.

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UCSD Alum Talks About Becoming The First Person To Sequence DNA In Space

June 22, 2017
By David Wagner

Before she was breaking new ground in low-gravity research, Kate Rubins was earning her bachelor's degree in molecular biology at UC San Diego and doing undergraduate research on HIV at the Salk Institute.

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San Diego Company Creates Fatty Algae That Could One Day Help Fight Climate Change

June 20, 2017
By David Wagner

San Diego-based Synthetic Genomics and oil giant Exxon Mobil said they have created a genetically modified strain of algae that takes a step closer toward making renewable, carbon-neutral fuel grown in algae ponds a reality.

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San Diego Archaeologists Are Going Underwater For A Deeper Look At Humanity's Past

June 16, 2017
By David Wagner

A number of local researchers are launching new efforts in the field of marine archaeology. They want to learn how ancient people adapted to changing coastlines — especially now that humanity faces rising sea levels again.

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San Diego Study: This Rare Type Of Cancer Is Being Overdiagnosed

June 12, 2017
By David Wagner

Appendix cancer is rare, but San Diego researchers are out with a new study suggesting many cases could be overdiagnosed.

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San Diego Study: Vaccine For Heroin Addiction Works In Monkeys

June 6, 2017
By David Wagner

San Diego scientists say they are closer than ever to developing what could be a powerful weapon in the fight against opiate addiction: a vaccine that blocks the high users get from heroin.

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San Diego Scientists Take A Step Closer To A Vaccine For Ebola's Deadly Cousin

June 1, 2017
By David Wagner

The Lassa virus may not get as much media coverage as the better-known Ebola, but it causes similar symptoms and kills thousands in Africa every year.

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San Diego Company Builds Machine Capable Of Printing Drugs Without Human Help

May 31, 2017
By David Wagner

Scientists at La Jolla-based Synthetic Genomics call their new invention the "digital-to-biological converter," and they say one day it could quickly print life-saving vaccines and personalized drugs.

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San Diego Oceanographers Track Down Two Missing WWII Bombers

May 29, 2017
By David Wagner

The discovery was made by Project Recover, an effort to track down aircraft associated with American service members who went missing in action.

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UC San Diego Researchers Find Volkswagen Isn't The Only Auto Maker Deceiving Regulators

May 26, 2017
By David Wagner

Computer scientists at UC San Diego found "smoking gun" software showing that Volkswagen intentionally cheated emissions tests. And they found evidence of deception in another automaker's vehicles.

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San Diego Lab Takes 'Open Science' Approach To Tracking Zika's Arrival In US

May 24, 2017
By David Wagner

A new Zika study led by San Diego scientists is not actually all that new. The researchers have known pretty much everything in the paper for months, and they made their findings public long before the study was published in a journal.

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San Diego Researcher Will Send Flies Into Space For Science

May 22, 2017
By David Wagner

Curiosity about basic fruit fly biology is driving the research, but a local scientist says the findings could also turn out to be relevant for any astronaut embarking on a long-term trip to Mars.

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These DNA Tests Promised To Tell Me How Well I'm Aging — My Results Didn't Add Up

May 19, 2017
By David Wagner

You can now buy all kinds of genetic tests online, including tests that calculate your true biological age by measuring your telomeres. But can these tests really tell you how well you're aging?

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San Diego Study Finds EpiPens Are Still Potent Long After Their Expiration Date

May 9, 2017
By David Wagner

The auto-injectors can be lifesaving. But their price has more than quadrupled over the last 10 years, making them expensive to replace.

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UC San Diego Engineers Build Working Bone Transplants For Mice

May 8, 2017
By David Wagner

For a new study, scientists at UC San Diego have created bioengineered bone tissue that acts similar to real bone when transplanted into mice.

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San Diego Scientists Find Further Evidence A Club Drug Could Treat Depression

May 3, 2017
By David Wagner

Used both as an anesthetic and as a recreational drug, ketamine could be useful for treating depression, according to a new study out of UC San Diego.

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Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings

May 1, 2017
By David Wagner

Researchers found that in the weeks after the San Bernardino and Sandy Hook shootings, many Californians rushed to buy handguns.

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Mastodon Bones Found Near San Diego Freeway Rewrite History Of Humans In North America

April 26, 2017
By David Wagner

Scientists say mastodon remains unearthed during a construction project on State Route 54 show that humans existed in present-day San Diego as far back as 130,000 years ago.

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San Diegans Join Global March For Science

April 22, 2017
By David Wagner

The local event, which coincided with marches around the world, was pitched as a nonpartisan demonstration in support of science and against its increasing politicization.

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Why Many Will March For Science In San Diego (And Why Some Won't)

April 21, 2017
By David Wagner

Science advocates are gearing up for marches around the world, including one in San Diego. While many scientists will be marching, some say the demonstration could backfire politically.

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San Diego Computer Scientists Help Google Crack Down On Fake Listings

April 12, 2017
By David Wagner

Scammers were getting their businesses listed on Google Maps using fake addresses. A new study co-written by UC San Diego researchers is helping Google identify and fix the problem.

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KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Some Sierra Snow Melts Away

March 21, 2017
By David Wagner

New rains are coming as California's drought continues to wane thanks to a wet season that could turn out to be a record breaker — if storms leading up to April 1st bring enough rain.

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How San Diego Researchers Are Reacting To Trump's Proposed Cuts

March 16, 2017
By David Wagner

San Diego's biomedical researchers stand to lose big if President Trump's proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health make it through Congress. Some say the cuts could be "cataclysmic."

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How Stem Cells Could Help Scientists Study Eating Disorders

March 14, 2017
By David Wagner

A research team led by UC San Diego scientists have created a lab-grown model of the anorexic brain using stem cells derived from patients with the eating disorder.

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KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Few Patches Of Drought Left In California

March 10, 2017
By David Wagner

San Diego is currently back to being sunny and warm. But an update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows this wet season is still shaping up to be a record-breaker for California.

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This UC San Diego Professor Planned His Surgery In Virtual Reality

March 9, 2017
By David Wagner

The prospect of going under the knife got one San Diego computer scientist wondering: If 3D graphics are being used to bring video games to life, why can't they be used to help protect his life?

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San Diego Genomic Medicine Conference Kicks Off Thursday

March 1, 2017
By David Wagner

Scientists and doctors will gather in La Jolla this week for a conference about advances in genomics and how they could change medicine.

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UC San Diego Scientists Unearth Mysterious Maya Artifact

Feb. 27, 2017
By David Wagner

How did a large jade pendant fit for a king end up in the hinterlands of the Maya civilization, and what might it tell us about how they dealt with a changing climate?

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