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Let Inga Tell You

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  • Let Inga Tell You: The most expensive Jell-o you never ate

    Let Inga Tell You: The most expensive Jell-o you never ate

    LET INGA TELL YOU: Before Olof even got home from the hospital in January after his heart attack and brain injury (from falling during the heart attack), I already had my spreadsheet set up and my phone log ready. I knew from Olof's 2009 surgery that went awry that my part-time job in 2018 was...

Kitchen Shrink

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  • Kitchen Shrink: The Saucy Side of Barbecue

    Kitchen Shrink: The Saucy Side of Barbecue

    KITCHEN SHRINK: In Japan it's ponzu, in France it's beurre blanc, in Argentina it's chimichurri, in Spain it's aioli, while in the United States barbecue sauce is boss. Ketchup's smoky, tangy, complex cousin is king of condiments for dipping, spreading, pouring and slathering on everything from...

Frontline Cancer

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  • Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

    Frontline Cancer: Precision medicine having an impact on clinical trials

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Clinical trials are the final step before a new drug or treatment is approved for broad use in patients. In a series of phases, these trials investigate whether a new drug or treatment is safe, can be effectively administered and, of course, that it achieves its purpose of improving...

Natural La Jolla

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  • Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Last week, I spotted a little furry creature poking out of its burrow in the middle of a manicured lawn — it was a pocket gopher! Botta's pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) are native to California and are mainly nocturnal rodents related to beavers, squirrels, chipmunks and rats....

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