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Elizabeth Holmes: The hypnotic tale of the rise and fall of Theranos | New Scientist, Mar 2019
"Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes built a $10 billion company on the promise of a miracle blood test. But it didn’t work. A new film, The Inventor, follows the fallout"

"How could so many smart people have been duped for so long? "

"Eerily, Holmes named her prototype blood-testing machine “Edison”. The real Edison also pretended things worked when they didn’t."

"Ian Gibbons, Theranos’s chief scientist,was pushed out. Facing a legal battle involving the company, he took his own life."

"The film shows how Holmes and Balwani created a culture of paranoia. "
NewScientist  History  technology  biotech  tricksters  innovation 
4 weeks ago by pierredv
Whom does your DNA belong to? Hint, it’s not just you. - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for May 6, 2019
“When you make this individual choice to upload a genetic sample to a site, you’ve brought along everybody you’re directly related to, as well as potentially your current or future children and grandchildren, and presumably you have not asked any of those people for their consent.”
CSMonitor  biotech  genetics  genetic-testing  privacy 
may 2019 by pierredv
Synthetic biology: Your plastic pal | The Economist
"A genetically engineered bacterium makes a greener plastic"
Polylactic acid (PLA) has been around for a long time, but recent advances based on R&D in production techniques by Cargill
Work has resulted in synthetic metabolic pathwayss (i.e. don't exist in nature) that turn out polymer in large quantities
biotech  cargill  innovation  TheEconomist 
december 2009 by pierredv

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