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Kristen V. Brown
For Kristen V. Brown's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A 23andMe DNA kit
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2023
Drugmakers are set to pay 23andMe millions to access consumer DNA
Under the new agreement, 23andMe will provide GSK with access to anonymized DNA data from customers who have agreed to share their information.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 6, 2021
How a vaccine side effect database sowed doubt in vaccinations
Public health communication is one of the greatest challenges of the pandemic. Too little information can lead to falsehoods, while too much can also create confusion.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 22, 2021
The vaccinated are worried and scientists don’t have answers
Absent clear public health messaging, vaccinated Americans are left confused about how to protect themselves as cases grow.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 22, 2021
‘Ridiculous’: Vaccine myths cripple U.S. uptake as delta surges
Just as the Biden administration appeared on the verge of snuffing out COVID-19 in the U.S., a shadow pandemic of disinformation threatens to prolong the crisis.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 27, 2021
Biden renews COVID-19 origin probe that’s so far come up empty
After more than a year hunting for the pandemic's mysterious origins, it's unclear what new resources American spies may bring to the search.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 29, 2018
Google parent Alphabet has grand global plan to breed disease-carrying mosquitoes out of existence
Silicon Valley researchers are attacking flying bloodsuckers in California's Fresno County. It's the first salvo in an unlikely war for Google parent Alphabet Inc.: eradicating mosquito-borne diseases around the world.

Longform

Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?