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Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong
"The U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer, and cheaper. Ten years and $36 billion later, the system is an unholy mess. Inside a digital revolution that took a bad turn."
health  bodies 
20 hours ago by ribbonknight
China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise
"China wants to make the country’s Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, more subservient to the Communist Party. It has detained up to a million people in what China calls “re-education” camps, drawing condemnation from human rights groups and a threat of sanctions from the Trump administration.

Collecting genetic material is a key part of China’s campaign, according to human rights groups and Uighur activists. They say a comprehensive DNA database could be used to chase down any Uighurs who resist conforming to the campaign.

...To bolster their DNA capabilities, scientists affiliated with China’s police used equipment made by Thermo Fisher, a Massachusetts company. For comparison with Uighur DNA, they also relied on genetic material from people around the world that was provided by Kenneth Kidd, a prominent Yale University geneticist.

...Dr. Kidd said he had been unaware of how his material and know-how were being used. He said he believed Chinese scientists were acting within scientific norms that require informed consent by DNA donors.

...China’s campaign poses a direct challenge to the scientific community and the way it makes cutting-edge knowledge publicly available. The campaign relies in part on public DNA databases and commercial technology, much of it made or managed in the United States. In turn, Chinese scientists have contributed Uighur DNA samples to a global database, potentially violating scientific norms of consent."
human.research  science  privacy  racism  bodies 
24 days ago by ribbonknight
Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age - The New York Times
The agonies of being overweight — or running a diet company — in a culture that likes to pretend it only cares about health, not size.
weight  NYT  taffyakner  bodies  fat  fatness  dieting  dietculture  weightloss 
9 weeks ago by laurenipsum
Instructions For When You've Endured As Much As You Can By Cassandra Khaw
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poetry  bodies  words 
10 weeks ago by alclaexman

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