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Genetic Tests May Have Unexpected Side Effect - Divorce

A stem cell biologist gave a genetic test to his parents, only to discover a long-lost brother his dad had fathered outside of marriage years ago. Ultimately, the family could not deal with the news and his parents split. Should such tests have a disclaimer? "Warning: In some cases this test may identify unknown relatives that will lead to broken hearts and broken relationships."

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Drought May Be Driving Increase in West Nile

311 people have been infected with West Nile virus in California this year. That's more than double the number of cases from the same time last year, and public health officials say the drought may be a factor.

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Stanford Psychologist Wins 'Genius' Grant for Work on Racial Bias

Stanford Psychologist Wins 'Genius' Grant for Work on Racial Bias

On Wednesday, Stanford social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, known as "genius" award. Eberhardt's work examines our subtle, unconscious racial biases and the effect these hidden prejudices have on the justice system. Eberhardt joins us to discuss her research and her recent work with the Oakland Police Department analyzing racial profiling data.


A Clearer Picture of Robert Frank's America

The 1959 publication of Robert Frank's photography book "The Americans" was one of the milestones of 20th-century art -- a creation that changed the world's perception both of art photography and of America itself. Now an exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University provides new insight into this seminal work, offering a look at dozens of rarely-seen images made by Frank while he was shooting "The Americans," but that were not included in the book


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Mira Vista

Carrie Klein is leaving the Bay Area with a mental photo album of Bay Area treasures and the awareness to see them.

Georg Wilhelm Steller

Michael Ellis looks at a German naturalist whose work went unappreciated until long after his death.

A Child's First Year

On his son's first birthday, pediatrician Ricky Choi contemplates the importance and wonder of a child's first year of life.