Sophie Ellen Buckland discusses whether it is ethical to change someone’s DNA even if it’s only to ‘cure’ someone of genetic diseases.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has given a free pass to a DNA editing tool to alter the human genome. This opens the way to unprecedented control over the human genome, and the possibility to prevent, or even cure, genetic diseases. Back in 2012 Professor Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues were spending long hours […]
‘I have always been terrified of death, and no philosopher or holy man has been able to convince me otherwise.’ Such are the words of the celebrated novelist Howard Jacobson. From the moment we conceive of mortality, we are doomed to know that, whatever we think lies beyond, we will never be able to know […]
Evading Extinction Unless you were a Trump-loving, music despising animal hater, 2016 had something to upset pretty much everyone. And as news broke that current mass extinction will be the greatest since the extinction of the dinosaurs, it was up to 2017 to make us feel a little better about the state of environmental affairs. […]
Have you ever wondered what our University invests in? It’s unlikely you have – pretty boring question. The answer, however, is not so boring. Did you know that the university endowment fund is invested in arms, tobacco, and fossil fuels? A group of students across Exeter and Falmouth have been working together as Ethical Exeter to make […]
We’re all undoubtedly eager to meet someone we look up to, whether it’s out favourite journalist, actor, or author. In a nutshell, we all look up to public figures at some point in our life for inspiration or through mere gratitude. One of my most admired public speakers is Melanie Joy- a vegan advocate that […]
Vegetarianism appears to be an increasingly popular phenomenon. You’ve probably been affected by it at some point, whether it’s that awkward moment at the BBQ, your die hard ‘meat-is-murder’ flatmate, or conversely a lack of veggie options not involving goat’s cheese! But does being a vegetarian make someone more or less moral? Is it an […]