Paris is Burning

June 30, 2017
Earlier this month, President Trump finally honored one of his many (often contradictory) campaign promises. He formally withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. America is now one of only three countries in the world who are not party to this landmark agreement, joining Syria and Nicaragua in refusing to work collaboratively to combat the threat of global climate change. Has the Trump Administration’s decision doomed all hopes and condemned the world to an apocalyptic future of runaway climatic change?
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Remembering the 49+

June 15, 2017
This past Monday represented the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. Forty-nine people died and 53 were injured in what was the worst mass shooting in modern US history. The victims’ only crime was that they were members or supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. They were singled out and murdered by a lone gunman motivated by homophobia and hatred. Unfortunately, reports of gun violence and mass shootings are becoming increasingly routinized in the United States. Although correlation is not causation, it is easy to see the links between this increase in violence and the current political climate.
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Should We Cure Genetic Diseases?

June 7, 2017
In "Trying to Embrace a 'Cure'," (New York Times, June 4, 2017), Sheila Black notes that in the near future there may be a treatment that could amount to a cure for the genetic illness she and two of her children have -- X-linked hypophosphatemia or XLH. But Ms. Black is ambivalent about the prospect. Although she acknowledges the potential benefits both to individuals and to society, the issue is, for her, complex.
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