How Theranos hid its sketchiness from reporters — and helped keep the puff pieces coming

I suspected the blood-testing company was hiding something back in 2014. Then someone pulled a fire alarm.

It was November 2014, and I was working on a feature story about a buzzed-about blood-testing company in Silicon Valley that promised to “disrupt” the lab industry with new technology. The company, Theranos, claimed its revolutionary finger-prick test would be a cheap and less painful way to screen for hundreds of diseases with just a few drops of blood.

Old-fashioned venous blood...

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