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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel

After its contributions to science, the HeLa cells may help create laws to protect the privacy of the family of Henrietta Lacks—and yours.

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Putting the Gene Back in Genealogy

Your DNA holds the secrets of your ancestry, and at least a dozen companies offer to crack the code. But there’s more than a bit of hype here.

Dec 2003
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Henrietta’s Dance

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An Obsession with Culture

George Gey had a one-track mind. His relentless pursuit of a cure for cancer, sparked as an undergrad at Pitt in the Roaring Twenties, led him to many inventions—not the least of which was “immortal” cells.

Mar 2001
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Creature Comforts

It’s no longer just guide dogs for blind people. Service animals now include monkeys for quadriplegics, parrots for psychotics and at least one assistance duck. Should the law recognize all of them?
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Fixing Nemo

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Taking the Least of You

The Tissue-Industrial Complex.
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Two Americas, Two Restaurants, One Town

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Why Is It So Damn Hard to Change?

You want to exercise more. But rain, fatigue, looming deadlines, and bad sneakers (that’s right—blame the sneakers) get in your way. What is really going on? Why do dieters falter and armchair athletes remain seated? Turns out it’s not about “weakness.” (We can all stop beating up on ourselves right now!) And what we’re learning about the brain points to new strategies that will really—finally!—make all the difference.

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When Pets Attack

Sure, crime is down, but have you heard about the pack of wild dogs? A Border collie’s near-death experience, and the stubborn loophole that makes the streets of Manhattan a dog-eat-dog world.

May 2005