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Will Canada run out of drugs? Should you ever read your partner’s diary? And what does Pepe the Frog know about genomics?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT Washington correspondent Nicholas Florko joins us to explain what President Trump’s drug importation plan means and, perhaps more importantly, what it does not. Then we pick apart the surprising union of Pfizer and Mylan, two companies with strikingly divergent cultures. Finally, computer scientist Jeremy Blackburn joins us to discuss a fascinating new study about how racists are using 23andMe and Ancestry on the internet.

For more on what we cover, here’s the news on drug importation; here’s more on Pfizer-Mylan; and here’s the paper on consumer genetics and white supremacy.


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