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Stories by Carina Storrs

Are courtrooms and toxic torts the new side of public health?

NEW YORK—The inspiring story of Erin Brockovich's legal battle with Pacific Gas and Electric Company for contaminating drinking water ended with a $333-million settlement to families in Hinkley, Calif., exposed to the company's hexavalent chromium waste, not to mention blockbuster acclaim for Brockovitch.

January 28, 2010 — Carina Storrs

Best in show: Scientists pursue selected gene mutations bred into dogs

When humans started to domesticate dogs around 14,000 years ago, they unknowingly embarked on a genetics experiment that is still going on today. Although domesticated canines were probably first kept around the home because they made good watchdogs, humans have selected breeds in the past few hundred years to have an encyclopedia of exaggerated traits, from flat faces to stubby legs or wrinkly skin.

January 12, 2010 — Carina Storrs