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A large part of how we relate to people emotionally may be hardwired into our DNA. A new study suggests that character traits such as being open, caring, and trusting are so strongly linked to a certain gene variation that a total stranger, simply by watching us listen to another person, may be able to guess whether we have the variation with a high degree of accuracy.

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Are we taking evolution into our own hands?updated: Sun Feb 06 2011 09:45:00

One article of faith that took hold in the 20th century and has only grown stronger is that we humans are all equal -- genetically, anyway. That while differences among people may seem strong because of culture and nationality, under the skin, we're the same.

Could chemo drugs cause a second malignancy?updated: Wed Oct 06 2010 08:35:00

My husband had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1990. He was treated with m-BACOD, then switched to CHOP. Now he is diagnosed with adenocarcinoma.

Safety of genetically engineered salmon debatedupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 13:26:00

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to decide if genetically engineered salmon is safe enough for human consumption and is spending three days to consider safety and labeling issues.

Should you eat genetically-altered food?updated: Tue Sep 21 2010 13:26:00

Dennis Lange, brewery owner and food expert, looks at genetically-altered food and the case for labeling products.

Fortune: Genetic testing gets political, finallyupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 17:02:00

Last week, the nascent genetic testing industry received a thrashing that was only partly deserved.

Who will live to 100? Genes may tellupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 15:20:00

If celebrating triple-digit birthdays sounds appealing, scientists may be able to determine if you're likely to live that long.

Should you test your genes?updated: Thu Jun 17 2010 10:01:00

Like anyone else, Dr. Rachel Zahn loves a deal, so when a friend e-mailed her a link to an internet site offering $99 genetic testing -- usually it costs $499 -- she figured, "Why not?" and sent away for the test.

Neanderthal genome shines light on human evolutionupdated: Fri May 07 2010 16:46:00

An international team of scientists that spent more than a decade studying remains of Neanderthals has drafted the first genome sequence of humans' closest extinct biological relative.

Fortune: What DNA, Patents and Lady Gaga have in commonupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 04:22:00

When radio was invented in the late nineteenth century by the likes of Marconi, Edison, and Tesla, government and industry faced a conundrum. Who would own the limited band of electromagnetic frequencies that made this new invention possible?

The next frontier in athletic doping -- genesupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 17:37:00

Steroids are so 2008. The next way to get an edge may be gene doping.

Fortune: The genetics of addictionupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 10:51:00

Why do some people get hooked on drugs and alcohol, while others can party hard and walk away? We tend to think it's a matter of willpower or moral fiber, but it has more to do with a roll of the genetic dice.

Is autism genetic? Researchers zero in on an answerupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 17:18:00

Alisa Rock, whose 10-year-old son Connor has autism, says parents of autistic children often align themselves with one of two camps: There are those who believe that genes cause the disorder, and those firmly convinced that environmental factors are to blame.

3 Americans win medicine Nobel for chromosome researchupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 14:18:00

Three U.S. researchers have won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for solving "a major problem in biology," the Nobel Committee announced Monday.

Fortune: The glamorous life of Web 2.0 geneticsupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 12:27:00

In the autumn of 2007, Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki launched the era of pop genetics by going live with 23andme, their DNA testing startup.

Can DNA analysis help ID best weight loss method?updated: Fri Sep 18 2009 10:35:00

I have seen many weight loss DNA testing kits on the Internet. These tests claim to identify the best weight loss program by analyzing your DNA. Is there any merit to this?

Doctors seek causes of prostate cancer in black menupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 10:14:00

For 12 years, Georgia Dunston and Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu have been trying to figure out why African-American men develop prostate cancer at an earlier age and are twice as likely to die from it than any other group in the United States.

Prostate cancer and black menupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 10:14:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a study that looks at the genetic link in black men who have prostate cancer.

Fortune: Genetic sequencing gets personalupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 15:16:00

Price competition is coming to the rarified world of genome sequencing.

How human genes become patentedupdated: Thu May 14 2009 16:15:00

Here's a little-known fact: Under current law, it's possible to hold a patent on a piece of human DNA, otherwise known as a gene.

U.S. sued over patented geneupdated: Thu May 14 2009 16:15:00

The government is being sued over the patent it holds for the BRCA1 and BRACA2 genes. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.

Why screening your genes is big businessupdated: Thu May 07 2009 03:39:00

If you want to peer inside your DNA, there's no shortage of companies offering avenues for doing so these days.

Human genome map for sale on eBayupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 13:10:00

Have at least $68,000 to spare? If so, you may be in the running to join an exclusive group of individuals who have had their complete genome sequenced.

Genes show Ovarian cancer riskupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 09:25:00

Women who have more than seven gene markers have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Do you see what I see?updated: Thu Apr 02 2009 15:49:00

CNN.com writer Elizabeth Landau reports on a rare neurological condition in which people have a mixing of their senses.

Seeing color in sounds has genetic linkupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 15:49:00

When Julian Asher listens to an orchestra, he doesn't just hear music; he also sees it. The sounds of a violin make him see a rich burgundy color, shiny and fluid like a red wine, while a cello's music flows like honey in a golden yellow hue.

Fortune: The Betamax of DNA sequencing?updated: Thu Mar 26 2009 12:04:00

The world of technology is filled with epic face-offs: Betamax vs. VHS, Netscape vs. Microsoft's Windows Explorer, Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD.

Gene linked to some cases of Lou Gehrig's disease foundupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 18:02:00

Researchers announced this week that they've found a new gene, ALS6, which is responsible for about 5 percent of hereditary Lou Gehrig's cases.

Gene therapy aids vision for 3 with rare blindnessupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:53:00

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania announced in April 2008 the use of an innovative gene therapy treatment to safely restore vision in three adults with a rare form of congenital blindness. The technique involves an injection that delivers DNA to the nucleus of a cell so it can begin making the protein that the blind patients don't have. Although the patients have not achieved normal eyesight, the results set the stage for possible treatment of other retinal diseases.

Ovarian cancer survival linked to two key proteinsupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 17:49:00

The chances of surviving ovarian cancer appear to vary dramatically depending on the levels of two tumor proteins, suggesting that this type of cancer may have a more nuanced outlook than the grim statistics indicate.

Scientists map DNA of prehistoric animalupdated: Wed Nov 19 2008 13:19:00

A team of scientists at Penn State University could be one step closer to bringing extinct species back to life.

One-two gene punch raises odds of baldness in menupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 08:59:00

About one in seven men has a combination of genes -- one new and one first discovered in 2001 -- that increases his risk of male pattern baldness sevenfold, compared to men without the combination.

Time.com: Losing Weight: Can Exercise Trump Genes?updated: Mon Sep 08 2008 22:00:00

According to a new study of an active Amish population, researchers say fat genes may not destine you to a lifetime of obesity

Time.com: Gene Domino Effect Behind Brain, Pancreatic Tumors updated: Thu Sep 04 2008 18:00:00

Scientists have mapped the cascade of genetic changes that turn normal cells in the brain and pancreas into two of the most lethal cancers

Time.com: Leading Geneticist to Write Book on Staying Wellupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 14:15:00

Dr. Francis Collins, arguably the nation's leading geneticist, is working on a book that promises "stunning new revelations about why we get sick, what it means to be healthy and more

Fortune: Genomes 'R' Usupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 07:26:00

It took the Human Genome Project $3 billion and 13 years to map the first genome and reduce it to a chemical code six billion letters long. Today, with faster computers and improved techniques, a research laboratory can sequence your DNA in about six weeks at a cost of $100,000 to $300,000.

Time.com: Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?updated: Wed Aug 06 2008 14:00:00

Tom Perls, an aging expert at Boston University, explains why women live five to 10 years longer than men

Time.com: Is There a Laziness Gene?updated: Wed Jul 30 2008 12:00:00

Preliminary studies of mice suggest that our willingness to exercise -- or not -- may be genetic

Time.com: New Clues to Autism's Causeupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 13:00:00

Research points to learning-related genes as a contributor to autism and suggests that early intervention in children can help fix genetic defects

Time.com: A Cure for Cold Sores?updated: Wed Jul 02 2008 14:00:00

Researchers have discovered how the cold sore virus hides in the body, which may be the key to a permanent cure

Nobel scientist looks to the futureupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 22:38:00

Oliver Smithies speaks fondly of Danish potatoes and beautiful equations. More on the potatoes later. Smithies is credited with helping to revolutionize genetic studies. For more than half a century his passion for science and tireless experimentation have revealed some of DNA's best-kept secrets and he's not about to stop.

Time.com: Lung Cancer Genes Identifiedupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 11:00:00

Why do some smokers get cancer and others don't? Scientists have discovered two genetic variants that may be the reason

Time.com: Genes and Post-Traumatic Stress updated: Tue Mar 18 2008 12:00:00

A groundbreaking new study helps explain why some people succumb to post-traumatic stress disorder while others don't

SI.com: Steroids In America: The Futureupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 10:52:00

I am one of the most avid sports fans you'll find," Se-Jin Lee says. It's true. He'll watch anything. Basketball. Football. Fútbol. Billiards on channel seven-hundred-whatever. As a graduate student in the '80s Lee used to sit in his car in the driveway with the radio on to listen to the games of faraway baseball teams. Even now, in his lab at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, he easily rattles off the NCAA basketball tournament winners in order from 1964 to 2007. And, like anyone who values fair competition these days, he's disturbed by the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

Genes and your voteupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 14:21:00

Do genes play a role in how we vote? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Are your politics rooted in your genes?updated: Mon Feb 11 2008 14:21:00

For years, political scientists assumed our political leanings came from the way we were raised and the company we keep. You're a screaming liberal? Must be because you were raised in a household full of screaming liberals. You're an arch conservative? Must be because of that college you went to.

Time.com: Scientist Creates Life -- Almostupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 11:15:00

Craig Venter has built the first man-made genome. Soon those genes may cause a cell to come alive. This tiny organism will be Venter's own -- and that's just the start

Blood test for prostate cancerupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 16:05:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new blood test that could help detect prostate cancer early.

Could gene trigger autism?updated: Thu Jan 10 2008 10:23:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research that shows a possible genetic trigger for autism.

Time.com: Rare Gene Change Linked to Autismupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 18:00:00

A rare genetic variation dramatically raises the risk of developing autism, a large study showed, opening new research targets for better understanding the disorder and for treating it

Time.com: How We Learn from Our Mistakesupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 14:00:00

Genes that regulate the brain's sensitivity to dopamine -- a chemical involved in addiction and motivation -- can affect the ability to learn from our errors

CNNMoney: Drugmakers bet big on RNAupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 15:16:00

Biotechs and big pharma are betting billions on an experimental technology that could be a quantum leap for healthcare, or just a big bust.

Scientist maps his own DNAupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 01:11:00

Scientist maps his own DNA

Mapping own DNA changes scientist's lifeupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 01:11:00

Biologist-entrepreneur J. Craig Venter is part of a new kind of scientific explorer whose uncharted territory was his own genes.

UK to go ahead with hybrid embryosupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 00:58:00

British authorities ruled Wednesday that research using animal eggs to create human stem cells could go forward in principle.

Fortune: Super trees: The latest in genetic engineeringupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 00:10:00

In 1913, the New Jersey poet and critic Joyce Kilmer wrote "Trees," a poem which concludes with this simple rhyme:

CNNMoney: Roche invests $1B in Alnylamupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 06:15:00

Roche Holding AG has signed a deal worth up to $1 billion with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., giving it access to the U.S. firm's skills in the new science of RNA interference.

Researchers find big batch of breast cancer genesupdated: Mon May 28 2007 19:45:00

A genetic mutation that raises the risk of breast cancer is found in up to 60 percent of U.S. women, making it the first truly common breast cancer susceptibility gene, researchers report.

Time.com: A Gene to Cure Blindnessupdated: Fri May 25 2007 15:40:00

A procedure that replaces faulty genes in the blind might hold cures for all kinds of genetic diseases and for cancer

The code that could unlock cancerupdated: Wed Apr 18 2007 04:11:00

Scientists have unlocked the genetic code that could pave the way to a new generation of highly effective cancer drugs with none of the painful side effects of existing treatments.

Fortune: Better eating through genomicsupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 16:42:00

Wandering through the aisles of the local grocery store, one can't help but notice the number of everyday food products that now feature some added health benefit.

Fortune: Tracing African roots through DNAupdated: Fri Feb 16 2007 15:50:00

One of the many joys of the World Cup is engaging in a 30-day frenzy of flag-hugging nationalism. Many Americans root for more than one team: the U.S. and the country of their ancestors. If you're ...

Enhanced genome map could help disease research, scientists say updated: Fri Nov 24 2006 09:43:00

Researchers say they have developed an enhanced map of the human genome that could yield breakthroughs in understanding the genetic origins of illnesses such as heart disease, Alzheimer's and various forms of cancer.

What makes us humanupdated: Sun Oct 01 2006 04:06:00

(Time.com) -- You don't have to be a biologist or an anthropologist to see how closely the great apes -- gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans -- resemble us.

Nature or nurture?updated: Fri Aug 11 2006 05:17:00

Apart from those hoping to climb the corporate ladder, a lot of people sign up to business school with the aim of gaining the necessary skills to one day make millions as the boss of their own company.

The code of lifeupdated: Mon Apr 10 2006 09:55:00

Genes are the basic building blocks of life, and in studying them genetic science is giving us the ability to adapt and alter ourselves fundamentally, providing unprecedented opportunities to improve on nature.

Fortune: Sirna to ally with GlaxoSmithKlineupdated: Mon Apr 03 2006 17:10:00

It's been quite a week for Sirna Therapeutics -- and it's still only Monday.

Cancer research runs in Rauscher's bloodupdated: Tue Jan 24 2006 23:41:00

Dr. When most kids were learning to ride bikes, little Frank J. Rauscher III was learning the ins and outs of a cancer research lab.

Medical advances not science fictionupdated: Wed Oct 19 2005 09:17:00

Some of the biggest medical discoveries have come in the last 25 years -- everything from Viagra to laser vision correction.

Business 2.0: Betting the Farmupdated: Thu Sep 01 2005 00:01:00

Deep in the bowels of Monsanto's sprawling headquarters' research complex, in a room protected by a heavy steel door, 672 corn seedlings repose in plastic trays. The temperature in the room, known ...

Fortune: SOUL OF THE NEW GENE MACHINESupdated: Mon May 02 2005 00:01:00

THIS IS MODERN MEDICINE'S MILLION-DOLLAR question: Does a given human's DNA--yours, for instance--contain a mutation that researchers know or suspect is related to disease? One of many firms settin...

Fortune: THE QUEST FOR CUSTOM CURESupdated: Mon May 02 2005 00:01:00

DARLENE NIPPER GOT ALMOST NOTHING BUT awful news in the early weeks of September 2003. First she learned that the two-centimeter lump in her left breast--the one her gynecologist had responded to b...

Fortune: GENETIC MEDICINE'S NEXT BIG STEP updated: Mon Jan 10 2005 00:01:00

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Fortune: CAN CHINA OVERTAKE THE U.S. IN SCIENCE?updated: Mon Oct 04 2004 00:01:00

BOUNDING UP THE STAIRS AT THE BEIJING Genomics Institute, Darren Cai, vice president of business development, pulls a flight ahead of me before I realize that the usual pace here is close to a spri...

Business 2.0: Identifying The Perfect Cowupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 00:01:00

Genetic sequencing—the science of mapping the location and function of genes found in a strand of DNA—has been hailed for its potential to fight disease and save lives. Yet many consumers may get t...

Fortune: This Man Would Have You Live A Really, Really, Really, Really Long Time. If a mouse can survive the equivalent of 180 years, whyupdated: Mon Jun 14 2004 00:01:00

Absent-mindedly stroking his Rip Van Winkle beard, Aubrey de Grey recalls when he first realized how humans might halt the process of growing old. His "Eureka!" came at a research meeting in Califo...

Fortune: Why We're Losing The War On Cancer [And How To Win It] [Avastin, Erbitux, Gleevec ... The new wonder drugs updated: Mon Mar 22 2004 00:01:00

It's strange to think that I can still remember the smell after all this time. The year was 1978, not long after my 15th birthday, and I'd sneaked into my brother's bedroom. There, on a wall of she...

Fortune: Biology's Bad Boy Is Back Craig Venter brought us the human genome. Now he aims to build a life form that will updated: Mon Mar 08 2004 00:01:00

The moment was vintage Craig Venter: Biology's bad boy stood before a crowd of reporters in Washington, D.C., trumpeting his latest achievement, with a beaming Spencer Abraham, the U.S. Secretary o...

Business 2.0: The Wise Man Knows His Genetic Destiny A simple new DNA test uncovers illness in your future--and gives you time to do somethingupdated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

You can't help feeling uncertain. As sure as the sun rises, alarmist morning headlines report illness and disease. Then you breathe that hazy metro air, work to exhaustion, and hear that a friend j...

Fortune: Speed-Reading Your Genes Using biochips, Perlegen could turn our genetic uniqueness into gold.updated: Mon Sep 01 2003 00:01:00

At first glance, genomics startup Perlegen Sciences seems a world apart from Google, the celebrated Internet search-engine company. But a closer look shows striking parallels: Both are Silicon Vall...

Business 2.0: Beyond The Genome The next goal of DNA research makes the breakthroughs of the past few years look like high school biology. Somupdated: Tue Jul 01 2003 00:01:00

As science celebrates the decoding of the human genome, the man whose invention made it all possible isn't cheering. At the moment, in fact, he's tapping intently on a laptop in his office, trying ...

Fortune: Biotech's Billion Dollar Breakthrough A technology called RNAi has opened the door to major new drugs. Already it's revolutionizupdated: Mon May 26 2003 00:01:00

Advances that win Nobel Prizes are uncommon, ones worth billions of dollars are even scarcer, and those yielding both are blue-moon rare. In biotech there have been just two blue moons, both in the...

Fortune: Heroes of Manufacturing These innovators sail against the prevailing winds, discovering whole new worlds in updated: Mon Mar 17 2003 00:01:00

Lee Hood: the man who automated biology

Fortune: Biotech Gets Productive Biopharma companies know how to make cool stuff. Now they are learning how to make a lot of it.updated: Mon Jan 20 2003 00:01:00

The manager of a truck plant faces hard physical limits to how many vehicles his factory can make in a year. But in the blossoming industry of biotech drugs, where production takes place in a ferme...

Fortune: The Prince of Nucleotides The extraordinary Eric Lander is discovering what the genome means to you.updated: Mon Nov 11 2002 00:01:00

With genomics stocks deep in the tank, it seems fair to put a pointed question to Eric Lander, gene science's go-to guy for the big picture: Hasn't the value of his field been way overstated? Lande...

Fortune: Europe's Patent Rebellionupdated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

Europeans have earned a reputation as biotech trailblazers; their scientists produced the first test-tube baby, discovered the AIDS virus, and launched the science of cloning. Yet when it comes to ...

Fortune: A New Prescription For Your Portfolio Big Pharma may be in flux, but there's still plenty of powerful medicine updated: Mon Jul 23 2001 00:01:00

Pills can be a tough addiction to kick. Especially Big Pills. You know the ones we're talking about: the Mercks, the Pfizers, the Schering-Ploughs. Such feel-good stocks have long been the financia...

Fortune: He's Brilliant. He's Swaggering. And He May Soon Be Genomics' First Billionaire.updated: Mon Jun 25 2001 00:01:00

Picture prizefighter Hector "Macho" Camacho showing up at high tea. That was the effect one day in May as Bill Haseltine, CEO of Human Genome Sciences, hopped out of his limo at a Washington, D.C.,...

Fortune: Holey Gene Map, Celera!updated: Mon Apr 30 2001 00:01:00

You can't blame John Todd for seeming a little cranky these days. The University of Cambridge geneticist has spent years searching for the 20 or so genes thought to play a role in type 1 diabetes. ...

Fortune: Post-Genome, Celera Now Shoots for Profitsupdated: Mon Feb 19 2001 00:01:00

Last year Celera Genomics and its president, J. Craig Venter, shook up the scientific world by successfully sequencing the human genome faster than anyone--even Venter--had predicted. But when the ...

Fortune: A Genetic Map: Biotechs Flock to Rockvilleupdated: Mon Nov 27 2000 00:01:00

In the past few years Rockville, Md., a quiet suburb of Washington, D.C., has become one of the biggest hubs of biotech research, especially in the cutting-edge field of genomics. Why Rockville? Th...

Fortune: A DNA Tragedy Genetic tests to prevent adverse drug reactions may save tens of thousands of lives a year, but for a troubled boyupdated: Mon Oct 30 2000 00:01:00

The death of nine-year-old Michael Adams-Conroy didn't seem at first like a signal event in medicine. It seemed like homicide.

Money Magazine: Everyone Into The Gene Pool The man who cracked the human genetic code sees 6 billion customers.updated: Fri Sep 01 2000 00:01:00

You won't find many beakers and Bunsen burners in J. Craig Venter's labs, where 50 scientists recently sequenced 3.12 billion letters of the human genetic code. Instead, Celera Genomics, with its S...

Fortune: Celera, The Genome, And The Fruit-Fly Lady The race to decode the genome is all about making history, not getting dibs on a pot updated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

First, a confession: Weeks ago I grew weary of the relentless roll of journalistic drums about the imminent decoding of the human genome. Sure, it's biology's moon shot. True, it will pave the way ...

Fortune: Can Gene Therapy Cure This Child? The money is short and the science controversial, but a lot more than business rides on a biotupdated: Mon May 01 2000 00:01:00

Loss threatens young biotech companies in more forms than any other kind of business. Investors can lose millions when a promising drug fails to work or funds run out before testing is complete. Re...

Money Magazine: Is Biotech Flaming Out? After months of scorching returns, biotechnology investors have been badly burned. Here's a smart way toupdated: Mon May 01 2000 00:01:00

Biotech stocks have been as hot--and volatile--in recent months as Internet stocks. From last July to February 2000, the American Stock Exchange biotech index soared 220%. Protein Design Labs leape...

Fortune: 13 Biotech IPOs To Watch Forupdated: Mon Apr 03 2000 00:01:00

Initial public offerings are busting out in the biotechnology industry like desert flowers after rain. "We'll see as many as 50 biotech IPOs over the next several months," estimates Steven Burrill,...

Fortune: Blessings From The Book of Life Decoding the human genome will yield a bounty of biotech miracles that will transform our lives updated: Mon Mar 06 2000 00:01:00

In 1998 biotechnology's jauntiest visionary, J. Craig Venter, stunned fellow scientists by declaring that a company he was forming would decode human DNA's sequence of chemical building blocks by t...

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