Laura Deming: ‘The idea was to starve a worm, mutate it, and then laser its gonads off, which increases the worm lifespan by 60 per cent’

Laura Deming is early for the interview in the restaurant in San Francisco’s hip Mission district, bent over a book. Bathed in the light streaming thr(...)

Former Theranos employees Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz, went public about Elizabeth Holmes’s deception at considerable personal risk. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The saga of white-collar crime at blood-testing start-up, Theranos, only came to light when whistleblowers called time on the company’s dubious practi(...)

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in a Californian court on Monday - sporting a “whole new look”, Cosmopolitan noted. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Image of the week: Blood and paper Elizabeth Holmes, the one-time founder and chief executive of blood testing fantasy Theranos, made her first court(...)

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and chief executive of Theranos,  was once estimated by Forbes to have a personal net worth of $4.5 billion.  Photograph: Lisa Lake/ Getty Images

The recent HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley tells the story of failed blood-testing start-up Theranos and its chief execu(...)

With an International Crap Women’s Day we could celebrate the likes of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, the self-styled face of lean-in feminism whose brand came a cropper after she was caught up in the string of controversies surrounding the company. Photograph: Pascal Lauener/Reuters

There is still more than a week to go before International Women’s Day and already I am gripped by a familiar sense of exhaustion. Each day brings an(...)

 ‘Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup’ by John Carreyrou chronicles the rise and spectacular fall of the blood-testing startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

If you’re looking for an engaging non-fiction read over Christmas, look no further than Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by Joh(...)

US president Donald Trump: After winning by warning voters they were being suckered, he’s made them all suckers. Photograph: Chris Kleponis

Con artists have always been slithering around. Huckleberry Finn tangled with flimflam men on Mississippi riverboats. There was a flirty snake-oil sal(...)

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former president Sunny Balwani were hit by fines from the SEC for “massive fraud”.

If ever there was a cautionary tale for start-ups, Theranos is it. A former darling of the health technology industry, the company saw its fortunes pl(...)

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook - the tech winner - and loser in 2016. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The year 2016 was supposed to be when the tech bubble finally burst. Instead the world blew up. Amid Brexit, the election of Donald Trump in the US,(...)

Out of this world: A  woman rides a bicycle simulator at Leke Virtual Reality  Park, a leading Chinese chain, in Beijing.

In numbers: Animal fat fivers 30,000 Number of signatures on a petition by vegans in the UK against the new £5 note which, like all plastic money, (...)

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