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This could have been Elizabeth Holmes’ moment.

When the then-19-year-old founded Theranos in 2003, she promised to put patients in control of their own health. Her Edison machine would allow anyone to go to the pharmacy, order a cheap diagnostic test, and walk out knowing answers were on the way — no doctor’s note required.


That future is now. During the pandemic, millions of people ordered up their own Covid-19 tests. As testing appointments became scarce, they swabbed their own noses at home and shipped their samples to labs. And with the Delta variant surging, 15-minute, over-the-counter antigen tests are flying off pharmacy shelves.

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