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Naxolone: second chance or enabler of addiction?

22 Feb

Last March, the West Virginia legislature passed a law that allows pharmacies to sell naxolone, an opioid overdose reversal medicine, without a prescription. The new policy is targeted to those who have a family member or close friend who they suspect is at risk of overdosing and would like to have the option to intervene […]

Drawing the line on Euthanasia

22 Feb

By Isaac Zivkovic The British Columbia Civil Liberties Union (BCCLA) is currently challenging the constitutionality of physician assisted deaths in Canada. Bill C-14 was voted into effect last June and outlines various safeguards for patients who may wish to request physician assisted death — otherwise conventionally known as euthanasia. Should a person be old enough […]

Medical MASH: CRISPR’s Potential for Cosmetic Enhancement

22 Feb

If you’re a 90’s kid, you probably grew up playing MASH. The game lets you pick your future house, car, spouse, job and any other life decision you might imagine. Medical technology is now approaching the ability to play MASH with our bodies. A gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 allows scientists to remove, add and edit […]

The Transparency Crisis at the Environmental Protection Agency

22 Feb

“Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #Climate.” is one of a series of tweets published in a rogue act of defiance against the new policies from the Trump administration by the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Part of the U.S. […]

Human Genome Editing: Too Close to Playing God or One Step Closer to a Disease-Free Society?

22 Feb

If you have perused the health and science sections of any major news source lately, you probably have seen many stories about the new recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences regarding human genome editing. As well, if those news articles allow comments sections, you have probably seen many […]

The water in the streams of West Virginia remains orange with Trump as President

22 Feb

  President Trump revoked the Stream Protection Rule in February of this year. This rule protected against the dumping of hazardous waste into the nearby streams of coal mining communities. This decision will largely effect the wildlife and health of our local streams. As a citizen of West Virginia I am outraged by this action […]

One Mans Mistake, is his Whole Groups Downfall.

22 Feb

Due to the data fabrications of a colleague, researcher Sophie Martin has decided to retract her paper that was published in the 2015 Journal of Cell Biology. Pranav Ullal admitted to falsifying results along with two figures in his paper after being called by Sophie. Her suspicion first arose when she failed to replicate the […]

Scientists Challenge 14-Day Human Embryo Growth

22 Feb

As research gives sight of critical period of human development, Scientists propose the reconsideration of 14-day legal embryo experimentation limit. Researchers from Cambridge University have made an alarming, conflictual discovery regarding the growth of human embryos, keeping them alive beyond the stage when they would implant a mother’s womb. In the study the embryos were […]

Impending Use of Gene Editing Brings Controversy

22 Feb

According to a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, germline editing for clinical trials of heritable diseases could one day be permitted for serious conditions. However, only non-heritable clinical trials to treat or prevent diseases and disabilities are permitted at this time. Editing the genetic makeup of human embryos is now coming into […]