All my BuzzFeed News articles can be found here. Below, the greatest hits.
These People Are Making Money Off A Bogus Cancer Cure That Doctors Say Could Poison You (BuzzFeed, 2017)
Apricot seeds can cure cancer — or so thousands of cancer patients believed in the 1970s, despite lots of evidence to the contrary. Now, in an era when natural remedies are no longer fringe and wellness is a multitrillion-dollar industry, this widely debunked theory has taken on a new life as a hydra-headed e-commerce ecosystem that regulators are virtually powerless to stop.
Inside The Anti-Science Forces Of The Internet (BuzzFeed, 2017)
Welcome to the corner of the internet that’s hell-bent on convincing you that GMOs are poisonous, vaccines cause autism, and climate change is a government-sponsored hoax. The message is traveling far and wide.
Out Of Hand: Here's What We Actually Know About What Gadgets Do To Our Bodies (BuzzFeed, 2016)
Being a perpetually plugged-in, emailing, texting, sexting, swiping, Snapchatting, selfie-taking human being may come at a physical price.
Game On: Can This Man Beat FanDuel And DraftKings At Their Own Game? (BuzzFeed, 2016)
Las Vegas legend Vic Salerno wants to reinvent daily fantasy sports by playing by the rules. But in a fast-changing, hard-charging, Wild West of an industry, will that be enough?
The Inside Story Of How A Food Startup Cracked (BuzzFeed, 2015)
For all of Good Eggs’ noble intentions, big money, and tech bells and whistles, reinventing the grocery store turned out to be much harder than anticipated. What does its stumble mean for the future of ordering food online?
Alt-Natural: Say Hello To The Apple That Never Browns (BuzzFeed, 2015)
On his tiny family farm, Neal Carter invented an apple he thinks can help improve global health, minimize food waste, and change the agricultural landscape forever. But will anyone actually eat it?
Outsourcing A Life (San Francisco Chronicle, 2013)
Sunday special report: A Bay Area couple hired an Indian surrogate and traveled across the world to meet her and their child. Would they finally start the family they dreamed of? Winner of Feature Storytelling award from the Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California), finalist for Journalism award in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards, first-place winner for Best Special Section from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Here’s How Much Money B-List Celebs Made Sponsoring This Bogus Food Intolerance Test On Instagram (BuzzFeed, 2017)
How do you persuade B-list celebrities to plug your scientifically bogus food intolerance test on Instagram? Former employees at Pinnertest say it involves buying social media followers and paying stars thousands of dollars. (A follow-up to this story.)
This Biotech CEO Doesn’t Have A PhD, But He Did Leave School Under A Cloud (BuzzFeed, 2017)
Gabriel Otte has been identified on many websites, including his own company’s, as having a PhD. But he does not. The CEO of Freenome, which is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, left a PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania, where a professor raised questions about some of his research, BuzzFeed News has learned. (Here's a follow-up story about the challenges of making blood tests to detect cancer early.)
DNA Biohackers Are Giving The FDA A Headache With Glow-In-The-Dark Booze (BuzzFeed, 2016)
A biohacker thought he could sell something cool without consequences. The FDA thought otherwise.
A Silicon Valley Party Tries To Put Guests To Sleep (BuzzFeed, 2016)
Can the tech industry code the cure to our insomnia?
23andMe Has Abandoned The Genetic Testing Tech Its Competition Is Banking On (BuzzFeed, 2016)
Genetics startup 23andMe has let go of a team of scientists and a top executive as it has stopped pursuing one of the biggest technological advancements in DNA testing, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Document Shows How Mark Zuckerberg’s New Science Charity Will Handle IP (BuzzFeed, 2016)
The contract for the $600 million Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, obtained by BuzzFeed News, shows that like most other nonprofit research organizations, it can commercialize any discovery it funds.
This Woman Says Her 2-Year-Old Died Because Of A False DNA Test (BuzzFeed, 2016)
Amy Williams believes her son didn’t have to die from a rare genetic condition. Now she’s suing one of the world’s largest laboratories.
People Are Going To Prison Thanks To DNA Software — But How It Works Is Secret (BuzzFeed, 2016)
A new breed of software claims it can find DNA matches for forensic cases with unprecedented accuracy. But if it’s sending people to prison, should its secret source code be revealed to the accused?
This Boy Was Thrown Out of School Because Of His DNA, Parents Say (BuzzFeed, 2016)
As DNA testing proliferates, Colman Chadam's case raises broader issues about how genetic information should be protected and shared — not just in schools but also in workplaces and insurance companies.
Women May Soon Lose The Ability To Get An Abortion Via Webcam (BuzzFeed, 2015)
An upcoming ruling in Iowa could have consequences for women in rural areas where health care is scarce. “When legislators talk about telemedicine, generally they say, ‘It’s a great new technology that can provide health care to people who otherwise would not be able to access treatments. When they talk about telemedicine in the context of abortion, they see it as unproven, untested, and potentially dangerous.”
Who Owns Your Steps? (BuzzFeed, 2015)
Millions of people are logging fitness workouts with wearables. Now a growing number of them are trying to free their data from their devices.
Photo from "His Girl Friday" (1940).