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Anatomy of a DNA match
By Chris Smith | August 14, 2008

Humans are about 99.9 percent alike at the cellular level—but scientists have found that predictable variations at certain locations, or loci, in our DNA distinguish us from one another.

These loci are found on the “...

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So open it hurts
Bernice Yeung | July 15, 2008

Even without the existence of Twitter, the Yahoo! party would have been a madhouse. But with 10,000 conferencegoers texting each other about where to chill out after the first full day of the Web 2.0 Expo in late April, it seems as if every geek on...

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To eat local, kill local
By Heather Smith, Photography by Alex Fradkin | July 14, 2008

In this era of the locavore, menus no longer merely inform diners what they’ll be eating. They also tell the story—often as elaborate as a bildungsroman—of where the ingredients in a dish...

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Best of the Bay readers' poll
By Linda Xiao and you, the reader | June 23, 2008

Best Frozen Yogurt
Ever since SoCal’s Pinkberry swept onto the scene, frozen yogurt has been all the rage. San Franciscans love the version at Yogurt Bar. It’s tart and...

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Praise the lard
Jan Newberry, Photograph by Caren Alpert | June 17, 2008

Pork reigns. Braised belly, Berkshire chops, even bacon ice cream—pig is big on menus all around the Bay Area. As hogs wallow in the spotlight, it only follows that lard would nose its way back into our good graces....

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Best of people: Jason Fox
Photograph by David Waldorf | June 16, 2008

Lob a perfect, farmers’ market–procured Elberta peach at any neighborhood restaurant in the Bay Area, and you’re bound to hit a roast-beet salad or a sashimi-like starter. One recent evening, for...

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Best children's charities
| June 13, 2008

How’s this for irony? San Francisco, which has the lowest population of children per capita of any large U.S. city, is obsessed with taking care of kids. In fact, the whole Bay Area is wall-to-wall with do-good organizations that...

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Best graphic tees
| June 13, 2008

Forget about Facebook—graphic tees are the next major social-networking tool. “They’ve become a way for people with the same interests to connect,” explains blogger Karl Long (

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Best professional stylists
| June 12, 2008

Women here are never supposed to look like we try. But hit shows about stylists—What Not to Wear, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style—have suddenly made it OK to let someone else try for you. Anyone can help a size 2 society...

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The marrying kind
Susan Kostal | June 1, 2008

ON March 4, 2008, aka Gay Marriage Day at the California Supreme Court, the press conferences in city hall started at 7:30 a.m., even before the main doors were unlocked. Still, the place was mobbed with familiar...

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Ready? Set. Shop!
By Chris Smith, Photograph by Lane Hartwell | May 12, 2008

Ordinarily, you wouldn’t give K&D Market a second look. A nondescript convenience store in the Mission, K&D (above) is best known as that place where you buy beer when you eat at Pakwan, across the...

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An architectural oasis
By Elizabeth Varnell, Photography by Nikolas Koenig | April 21, 2008

It’s no secret that San Franciscans pine for a real summer. Granted, we do tend to get a few hot days in September and October—but assuming you can’t wait that long, Palm Springs is...

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