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Gene Therapy in Popular Culture

  Evidently, toying with our genes does not hold a place of very high esteem in our popular culture. From 1997′s Gattaca to 2007′s I Am Legend and 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, gene therapy is depicted as an unnatural and undesirable practice leading to consequences ranging from the degeneration of the human soul to complete global apocalypse. These […] Continue reading

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Why getting rid of “bad” is bad

B4: Ironically, altruism can be a pretty contentious term.  In fields ranging from philosophy to biology to economics, people have very different perceptions regarding the origins and motivations of selfless behavior.  Regardless, altruism is almost universally esteemed in our society; actions exhibiting an “unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others,” as Merriam-Webster […] Continue reading

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Controlling the Altruism Gene — Going Too Far?

It’s a very intriguing concept.  An “altruism gene.”  A gene that determines how much money you will drop into the homeless man’s cup as you walk by.  Or at least how predisposed you will be to give to him.  I’m not sure if we have found an “altruism gene” or if any such gene really […] Continue reading

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