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SYSK Selects: How HeLa Cells Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, after she was diagnosed with the cervical cancer that shortly killed her, a tissue sample was taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her knowledge. Those cells would go on to become the first immortal line of human cells, something of enormous benefit to science and humanity as a whole. But while the line, called HeLa cells, became a multi-billion-dollar industry, her family languished without health care insurance. Learn about this complex case of private rights and scientific advancement in this episode.

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Amazing articles on 70s daredevils, true crime, late capitalism, digital marketing voodoo and much more stuff.

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What's with this "Internet of Things"?

You may have heard about the Internet of Things and not known what the term meant. It's basically a collection of object conected to your life and the internet. We're talking everything from your smart phone to your fitness tracker. Cool stuff, but fraught with privacy issues.

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Articles on neoliberalism, Chernobyl, nuclear testing, the Heimlich maneuver and more interesting stuff

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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Great articles on Hitchcock, sideshow legends, plane crashes, missing children, AI and lots more stuff.

How Personalized Medicine Works

Hippocrates realized that it is even more important to understand the patient than to understand the disease and now, 2000 years later, we are coming back to that way of thinking with personalized medicine. ?

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Neat articles on how humans spread across the planet and lots more stuff.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week Josh and Chuck read tons of articles and many of them are pretty good. Here are the best of the bunch.