US ex-defense secretary testifies in Theranos fraud trial

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San José (United States) (AFP) – Fallen biotech star Elizabeth Holmes’s grand promises for her blood testing technology captivated US ex-defense secretary Jim Mattis, he told her trial Wednesday, and he was stunned when her startup was consumed by fraud claims. Mattis, the first bold-name witness in her high-profile Silicon Valley fraud case, served from 2013-2016 on the board of her now defunct company Theranos that had looked poised to revolutionize medical testing. “I had been rather taken with the idea that with one drop of blood and remote capability you could basically test for a broad a…

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