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The magazine story that made Elizabeth Holmes famous could now help send her to prison

By Paul Farhi

16 Dec 2021 · 6 min read

The story was 5,500 words of pure rapture about a Silicon Valley company few had ever heard of and its intriguing chief executive. Theranos, declared Fortune magazine in 2014, appeared to be on the verge of revolutionizing the health care industry with a wondrous new technology for diagnosing diseases with just a few drops of blood.

The magazine's cover put a human face on the company's alleged breakthroughs. Theranos's founder, a young woman named Elizabeth Holmes, stared at readers with serene blue eyes and a Mona Lisa smile. "This CEO Is Out for Blood," the headline read.

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