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David Wagner

Science & Technology Reporter - Contributor through September 2017

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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 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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