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Stories by David Wagner

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

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

June 22
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.

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

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

June 20
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.

San Diego Archaeologists Are Going Underwater For A Deeper Look At ...

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

June 16
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.

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

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

June 12
By David Wagner

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

San Diego Study: Vaccine For Heroin Addiction Works In Monkeys

San Diego Study: Vaccine For Heroin Addiction Works In Monkeys

June 6
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.

San Diego Scientists Take A Step Closer To A Vaccine For Ebola's De...

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

June 1
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.

San Diego Company Builds Machine Capable Of Printing Drugs Without ...

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

May 31
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.

San Diego Oceanographers Track Down Two Missing WWII Bombers

San Diego Oceanographers Track Down Two Missing WWII Bombers

May 29
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.

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

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

May 26
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.

San Diego Lab Takes 'Open Science' Approach To Tracking Zika's Arri...

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

May 24
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.

San Diego Researcher Will Send Flies Into Space For Science

San Diego Researcher Will Send Flies Into Space For Science

May 22
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.

These DNA Tests Promised To Tell Me How Well I'm Aging — My Results...

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

May 19
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?

San Diego Study Finds EpiPens Are Still Potent Long After Their Exp...

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

May 9
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.

UC San Diego Engineers Build Working Bone Transplants For Mice

UC San Diego Engineers Build Working Bone Transplants For Mice

May 8
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.

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

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

May 3
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.

Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings

Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings

May 1
By David Wagner

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

Mastodon Bones Found Near San Diego Freeway Rewrite History Of Huma...

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

April 26
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.

San Diegans Join Global March For Science

San Diegans Join Global March For Science

April 22
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.

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

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

April 21
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.

San Diego Computer Scientists Help Google Crack Down On Fake Listings

San Diego Computer Scientists Help Google Crack Down On Fake Listings

April 12
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.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Some Sierra Snow Melts Away

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Some Sierra Snow Melts Away

March 21
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.

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

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

March 16
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."

How Stem Cells Could Help Scientists Study Eating Disorders

How Stem Cells Could Help Scientists Study Eating Disorders

March 14
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.

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

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

March 10
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.

This UC San Diego Professor Planned His Surgery In Virtual Reality

This UC San Diego Professor Planned His Surgery In Virtual Reality

March 9
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?

San Diego Genomic Medicine Conference Kicks Off Thursday

San Diego Genomic Medicine Conference Kicks Off Thursday

March 1
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.

UC San Diego Scientists Unearth Mysterious Maya Artifact

UC San Diego Scientists Unearth Mysterious Maya Artifact

Feb. 27
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?

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Ev...

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Even Wetter

Feb. 17
By David Wagner

An update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows that strong storms rolling into California starting Friday are about to make the state's already wet winter even wetter.

San Diego Academics Encouraged By Decision To Keep Travel Ban On Hold

San Diego Academics Encouraged By Decision To Keep Travel Ban On Hold

Feb. 10
By David Wagner

But scientists and professors potentially affected under President Trump's executive order said there is still too much uncertainty to resume traveling outside the country.

San Diego Scientist Studies The Moon By Way Of A Nuclear Test Site

San Diego Scientist Studies The Moon By Way Of A Nuclear Test Site

Feb. 8
By David Wagner

A local scientist says the 1945 Trinity nuclear bomb test didn't just change history — it also gave scientists a perfect natural experiment for probing theories about how the Earth's moon came to be.

What San Diego's High-Tech Industry Is (And Isn't) Saying About Tru...

What San Diego's High-Tech Industry Is (And Isn't) Saying About Trump's Immigration Order

Feb. 1
By David Wagner

While some San Diego companies are expressing concern about President Trump's executive orders on immigration, others are staying silent.

San Diego Scientist Says Trump's Immigration Order Will Affect His ...

San Diego Scientist Says Trump's Immigration Order Will Affect His Work, Family

Jan. 30
By David Wagner

UC San Diego global health professor Wael Al-Delaimy was born in Iraq. He's avoiding travel out of concern that he won't be let back in the country.

San Diego Lab Creates Partially Human Pig Embryos

San Diego Lab Creates Partially Human Pig Embryos

Jan. 26
By David Wagner

The human elements of the pig embryos were limited, but experts say this study represents a significant first step toward the goal of one day growing human organs in animals.

Swarm Of Robot 'Minions' Helps San Diego Scientists Study Complex O...

Swarm Of Robot 'Minions' Helps San Diego Scientists Study Complex Ocean Dynamics

Jan. 24
By David Wagner

Local researchers built an armada of bright yellow underwater robots to mimic the movement of plankton in internal waves. But these autonomous robots could also prove useful for other ocean research projects.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: California Nearing Full Season's Worth...

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: California Nearing Full Season's Worth Of Rain, Snow

Jan. 19
By David Wagner

California's wet season is far from over. But already, the state is nearing a full wet season's worth of rain and snow.

San Diego Study: Even Short, Moderate Workouts Impart Health Benefits

San Diego Study: Even Short, Moderate Workouts Impart Health Benefits

Jan. 16
By David Wagner

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

San Diego Scientists Bring Back First Footage Of Colorful Seadragon

Jan. 12
By David Wagner

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 A...

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

Jan. 10
By David Wagner

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

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Weekend Storms Deliver Substantial Snow

Jan. 9
By David Wagner

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...

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

Dec. 26
By David Wagner

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

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

Dec. 26
By David Wagner

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 Ch...

Regulation Of Stem Cell Treatments Uncertain In Era Of Political Change

Dec. 21
By David Wagner

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

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

Dec. 20
By David Wagner

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

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Warm Temps Keeping Snowpack Thin

Dec. 15
By David Wagner

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

Salk Scientists Reverse Signs Of Aging In Mice

Dec. 15
By David Wagner

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.

Biotech Company’s Stock Rises After Premature Data Release At San D...

Biotech Company’s Stock Rises After Premature Data Release At San Diego Conference

Dec. 9
By David Wagner

Reporters were asked to withhold coverage of results from an Alzheimer's disease drug study until the company's presentation at a San Diego conference on Friday morning. But word of the positive data spread ahead of time.

Study: Gene Testing Didn't Encourage Healthier Habits

Study: Gene Testing Didn't Encourage Healthier Habits

Dec. 6
By David Wagner

If you knew your genetic risk of developing a disease, would you adopt healthier habits to keep that disease at bay? If you're anything like the participants of a recently published study, you probably wouldn't.

Amid Lawsuit, San Diego Stem Cell Company Pushes Back On Proposed R...

Amid Lawsuit, San Diego Stem Cell Company Pushes Back On Proposed Regulations

Dec. 5
By David Wagner

La Jolla-based Stemgenex wants patients to have access to what the company calls "life-altering" stem cell treatments. But patients currently suing the company say they paid thousands of dollars for treatments that didn't work.

San Diego Study Explores The Brain's Memory, Navigation Centers

San Diego Study Explores The Brain's Memory, Navigation Centers

Nov. 29
By David Wagner

Patients with damage to a part of the brain crucial for long-term memory formation could still find their way around using a map, a new study finds.

Salk Scientists' New Gene Editing Technique Gives Vision To Blind Rats

Salk Scientists' New Gene Editing Technique Gives Vision To Blind Rats

Nov. 17
By David Wagner

The rats didn't regain crystal-clear vision, but the study shows for the first time that scientists can insert beneficial genes into fully developed, non-dividing cells.

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