JAR­GON WATCH

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Tech geeks and biotech nerds use the same words, but they’re not speak­ing the same lan­guage.

TECH­NOL­OGY COM­PA­NIES are get­ting heavy into health care and bio­med­i­cine. Con­sider Cal­ico, Google’s life-sciences drug ven­ture, which fo­cuses on an­ti­ag­ing reme­dies in the eter­nal quest to stave of death—or at least cheat it a few years.

When ex­ecs meet Larry Page in the board­room, though, they might need in­ter­preters, be­cause tech geeks and bio-nerds use much of the same al­pha­bet soup to re­fer to com­pletely difer­ent things. Here’s a trans­la­tion guide.

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