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Four Reasons Drugs Are Expensive, of Which Two Are False
Would you haggle over the price of shoes? How about at what price to sell your children? Prices aren’t just numbers, they have morality, and that’s why the drug industry has been consumed by debate over the high price of medicines. In very deep dive in Forbes, analyst Jack Scannell, explains why drugs cost so much.

Hot Startup Theranos Has Struggled with Its Blood-Test Technology
The Wall Street Journal investigates Theranos, the much-hyped lab-testing startup said to be worth $9 billion. The newspaper found that for most tests, the company does not even use its vaunted finger-prick technology. The accuracy of its tests are now in question and the FDA is investigating.

Searching for the Genes That Are Unique to Humans
Science writer Ed Yong reports from the annual meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics in Baltimore on the discovery of enigmatic genes that appear only in human beings, and might be behind why we can think and reason.

23andMe Wins a Second Life: New Business Plan Scores $115 Million from Investors
The Silicon Valley gene-testing startup 23andMe has one of the largest, if not the largest, collection of human DNA in the world from over 900,000 people. That alone makes it worth paying attention to, despite its business missteps and struggles with regulators.

Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia
Talk trumps medical technology. So says a government study involving some of the two million Americans with schizophrenia. The study found that lower doses of antipsychotic drugs and more one-on-one psychiatry helped patients recover faster than those taking heavy doses of antipsychotics.

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This scientist now believes covid started in Wuhan’s wet market. Here’s why.

How a veteran virologist found fresh evidence to back up the theory that covid jumped from animals to humans in a notorious Chinese market—rather than emerged from a lab leak.

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Conceptual illustration showing a file folder with the China flag and various papers flying out of it

The US crackdown on Chinese economic espionage is a mess. We have the data to show it.

The US government’s China Initiative sought to protect national security. In the most comprehensive analysis of cases to date, MIT Technology Review reveals how far it has strayed from its goals.

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conceptual illustration showing various women's faces being scanned

A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click

Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.

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