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Body fluids: contributing, in some vague way, to the sum of human knowledge

As an epidemiologist who’s treated thousands of sex workers in Indonesia and East Timor, Elizabeth Pisani thought she’d seen it all. Until she signed herself up to “Biobank”—a baffling British medical survey.

When Pisani’s own patients give blood samples, they at least get their choice of lipstick, a bag of condoms and the opportunity to return free treatment if they need it.…

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