Pacific Standard

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This Doctor Knows Exactly How You Feel

On mirror-touch synethesia, the power (or curse) of knowing exactly how others feel.

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The Drug Lord With a Social Mission

A Kiwi entrepreneur is leading a revolution in recreational drugs: he’s trying to make them safe.

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My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

How mental illness reshapes a marriage.

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Bees, Inc.

Save the honeybee, sterilize the earth.

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The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health

The belief that hidden memories can be “recovered” in therapy has been discredited, but the mental health establishment does not always learn from its mistakes—and families are still paying the price.

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The Babies in the Freezer

Women who kill their newborns usually claim to have been in denial about their pregnancies. Can you carry a child to term without realizing it?

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Digital Darkness: When We Can’t Turn Away From Death Online

The author’s long-running relationship with the grotesque.

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DIY Diagnosis

Kim Goodsell had a pair of rare diseases. Doctors didn’t have the time to look for a link. So she taught herself genetics and found it herself.

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Sequenced in the U.S.A.

A tenth of Kannapolis, North Carolina, residents were laid off after the local textile mill closed. A billionaire bought the mill and turned it into a mecca for biotechnology and life sciences research. Now many residents are human research subjects.

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How I Became a Knausgaard Truther

Untangling the legend of “Knausgaard-free days.”

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The Organ Detective

A profile of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who has spent her career uncovering a hidden global market in human flesh.

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The Reformation: Can Social Scientists Save Themselves?

Policing the world of experimental research in the age of TED talks and Freakonomics.