Seth Augenstein
Senior Science Writer

Seth Augenstein is a reporter for Forensic and Laboratory Equipment magazines. He spent a decade as a reporter at New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He has interviewed people at crime scenes, in prisons, from hospital bedsides, within operating rooms, inside laboratories, standing in flood waters, cringing outside four-alarm fires, and in many dirty kitchens and quiet living rooms. He has won numerous state press association awards for his work. He is also a fiction writer.

Schizophrenia, a debilitating disease that disrupts the lives of approximately one percent of the entire world, has been associated with more than 100 genes...
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9.25.2017
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Up to one-fifth of cancer patients use marijuana to mitigate the symptoms of battling their disease, according to a new survey and study of a cancer center in...
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9.25.2017
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Trilobites were evolutionary pioneers. Fossils from a quarry in southernmost China from more than 500 million years ago show at least two of the species...
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9.22.2017
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Every so often, the Earth’s slate is wiped nearly clean in cataclysmic “mass extinctions.” Over more than half a billion years, it has occurred five times....
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9.21.2017
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Teotihuacan, the mysterious metropolis of ancient Mexico, seems to have provided a blueprint for Aztec city builders a millennia later. A new re-analysis of...
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9.20.2017
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The New Nordic Diet is based on large amounts of fiber, especially root vegetables, dark greens, and foraged plants. For some people, it works well to shed the...
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9.20.2017
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A supervisory pharmacist who oversaw shoddy work that led to a meningitis outbreak that killed dozens and sickened hundreds across the nation is on trial this...
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9.19.2017
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23andMe, the genetic testing company known for providing ancestral leads to the curious, has raised $250 million in investment from venture capitalists. The...
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9.18.2017
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Parkinson’s Disease shows a predictable degenerative process of tremors, falls and trouble sleeping. But that’s all in hindsight. By the time it is actually...
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9.15.2017
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Have you ever wondered why old men have big ears? Or what gender certain cave insects identify with? Or perhaps you have been plagued by the age-old question...
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9.15.2017
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The Ebola virus was found in the semen of survivors in 2015, and the publication raised new alarm of whether another outbreak could flare up as a result of...
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9.14.2017
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Chlamydia antigens produced through a hyper-targeted method by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the biotech company Synthetic...
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9.13.2017
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The former CDC director and high-profile billionaires have set their sights on an ambitious goal: to save 100 million lives. The Resolve Initiative's aim...
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9.13.2017
9:49am
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It’s one of the great health debates: the hazards or benefits of small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy remains intensely contested. But there is a “paucity...
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9.12.2017
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For the first decades of Communist rule, China dictated a far-reaching regulation to heat homes during its winters. The Huai River Policy, in effect from 1950...
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9.12.2017
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Puppies sold at a national pet store chain have resulted in a multi-state outbreak of a bacterial infection, landing some in the hospital. Thirty-nine human...
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9.11.2017
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CRISPR-Cas9 has brought a revolution in the manipulation of DNA over the last five years. But there are errors made in the process. Now, a Harvard team reports...
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9.11.2017
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The Houston Forensic Science Center braced for Hurricane Harvey two weeks ago. Two hundred staff members pitched in, some lugging 500 pounds of dry ice in case...
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9.8.2017
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Plastics have been found in minute traces throughout the Great Lakes, washed ashore on the most desolate location of the Pacific Ocean, and in the wastewater...
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9.8.2017
9:57am
More than a year after the United Kingdom voted to remove itself from the European Union, the government aims to preserve or even strengthen ties to the...
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9.7.2017
10:28am
Hookworm is a disease that once plagued much of the United States, especially in rural areas of the South. Through modern sanitation and hygiene improvements,...
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9.6.2017
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The farthest record of Earth and humanity is approximately 13 billion miles from our planet, traveling out of the solar system on its way toward the unknown,...
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9.6.2017
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Boron has been discovered on Mars, a clue to the potential development of both RNA and life, on the red planet. The discovery of the fifth element was made by...
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9.5.2017
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A Republican Congressman who wants to colonize the moon, envisions a new space race with China – and who doubts the theory of climate change – is President...
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9.5.2017
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Dozens of fossilized footprints along the coast of Crete could be traces from a bipedal, upright hominid ancestor from 5.7 million years ago, according to a...
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9.1.2017
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In February, a Southern Illinois University press release touted a “game changer” herpes vaccine made by one of its associate professors, a three-shot...
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8.31.2017
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For decades, Poland was a crossroads of horror. Caught between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and their wars of extermination, civilians and soldiers alike...
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8.31.2017
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Soon young Americans with a cancer of bone marrow and blood will have their white blood cells extracted from their blood, shipped to a manufacturing center,...
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8.30.2017
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As humanity plans to soar out among the stars into the vast distances of space, the health effects of leaving the cradle of Earth continue to show consequences...
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8.30.2017
10:13am
Five vials of a live vaccine virus used to inoculate against smallpox were seized by the U.S. Marshals from stem cell treatment centers in California that had...
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8.29.2017
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Thirty inches of rain, occasional tornadoes, and swirling floodwaters tore through parts of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, over the...
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8.29.2017
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Common flame retardant chemicals are found in upholstered furniture, baby products, common consumer items – and also in human bodies across the world. The...
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8.28.2017
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Heart attack rates peak in winter, and decline in summer, research shows. A long-term study in Sweden indicates that freezing temperatures can trigger heart...
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8.28.2017
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The search for ways to coax more energy out of natural sources has been a 21st century crusade. Some have looked to the skies, to the wind, the gas pockets...
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8.24.2017
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In 1996, scientists from ExxonMobil wrote in a peer-reviewed publication that, “the body of statistical evidence… now points towards a discernible human...
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8.24.2017
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It was a technological marvel: the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship. The H.L. Hunley entered legend when it sank the U.S.S. Housatonic off the coast...
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8.23.2017
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An outbreak of measles, a disease eradicated from the U.S. nearly two decades ago, began in Minnesota in March. It infected 79 people up until last month. The...
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8.23.2017
10:33am
The Trump Administration appointed opponents of climate change theory in the first key weeks of the administration at the beginning of the year. Now the White...
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8.22.2017
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A hospitalized woman who sued Johnson and Johnson, alleging the talcum in the company’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer has been awarded $417 million by...
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8.22.2017
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