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After a company patented two genes used in a popular test for breast and ovarian cancer, a judge ruled that the genes should not be patentable. Recently, the Justice Department sided with the judge, a decision that could overturn 30 years of legal precedent.
The latest terrorism attempt in Yemen revealed holes in the security screening of air cargo. Renee Montagne speaks with Brandon Fried of the Airforwarders Association about the challenges of screening air cargo.
Delta is one of the few major airlines that, for the most part, has never been unionized. Of its 75,000 worldwide employees, only pilots and flight dispatchers are organized. But Delta's flight attendants could change that once the election concludes Tuesday night.
Increasingly more Americans are working past the age of 65. At Vita Needle Co. in Needham, Mass., nearly half of the employees are senior citizens, some working in the factory even into their 90s. For the seniors, work gives them a sense of purpose. For the company, hiring seniors is good business.
When Deborah Cadbury was a child, an enormous box of Cadbury chocolates arrived on her doorstep every Christmas. It was just one of the perks of being related to a famous chocolate dynasty: the Cadburys.  Cadbury delves into her family's legacy in <em>Chocolate Wars.</em><em></em><em></em><em></em>
Politicians often say, "We need to run government more like a business." In California, the Republican candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate are two former corporate executives from Silicon Valley: Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. Is running a company the same as running a state?
Business incubators are supposed to work like incubators for chicks or babies. The idea is that subsidized costs, and business advice for entrepreneurs, will help keep nascent companies alive. A new study finds success can be elusive for small businesses that start in incubators.
G-20 nations agreed this past weekend to refrain from competitive devaluation of their currencies. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wanted the agreement to be more specific but other countries resisted.
The methane gas released from cow manure is a valuable renewable energy source for many dairy farmers. But the gas creates smog, so farmers trying to reduce one type of pollution are, in fact, creating another.
This is the last day Microsoft will install the Windows XP operating system on new computers. XP was introduced in 2001 and outlived its successor Windows Vista. It's now being supplanted by Windows 7. Todd Bishop, of TechFlash.com, talks to Steve Inskeep about the end of Microsoft XP.
Steve Inskeep speaks to author Raj Patel about his latest article in <em>Foreign Policy</em> magazine entitled "Five Things You Don't Know About Supermarkets."
New U.S. economic sanctions were imposed against Iran this month. Whether the sanctions will have the intended effect on Iran's government is uncertain. But they'll certainly cause hardship for some Iranian workers and those American companies that import Iranian goods.
This election season, the TV airwaves are saturated with nasty, snarling attack ads. Those who fund some of the ads can now remain anonymous, but we'd like your help giving them a special name.
It is an article of faith in the U.S. that the undervalued yuan is responsible for many of America's economic woes. But it is an article of faith in China that U.S. politicians are twisting a complex economic issue for political gain.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will soon lay out the Fed's latest plan to stimulate the economy. David Wessel, economics editor of <em>The Wall Street Journal,</em> talks to Renee Montagne about whether the central bank will be able to revive the economy, and whether the plan is risky.
As hard times have fallen on America's Rust Belt, a new region is hoping to give Detroit a run for its money. Clean-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are investing in the emerging electric car industry. And Google is among the investors.
The futuristic world of the electric car may finally be here. The first mass-produced electric vehicles for sale in the United States are being released over the next few months, but what's missing are places to charge up.
The first mass-produced electric vehicles ever sold in the United States will begin to hit auto showrooms by the end of the year. The owner of a 15-year-old Honda on its last legs sets out to test-drive the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt.
When new monthly unemployment numbers come out Friday, the chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers will be on all the TV networks talking about the figures. For the first time, that person will be Austan Goolsbee.
As finance ministers and central bankers from around the world arrive in Washington D.C. for the fall meetings of the International Monetary Fund, there are rumors of a currency war. David Wessel, economics editor of <em>The Wall Street Journal,</em> talks to Renee Montagne about currency issues.
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