Will the NIH Fund Research on Human-Animal Chimeras?

By Michael Smith* What was, until recently, a dream of science fiction moved firmly into the realm of scientific fact in January of this year when scientists at the Salk Institute announced—for the first time—the successful production of a viable pig embryo containing human cells.[1]  Such a part-pig-part-human organism is called a chimera.[2] Chimeras are […]

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When Tesla comes to Town

By Jason Zhu* Tesla is the new black. Since 2015, Tesla has sold more than twenty thousand electric cars. Thousands of Tesla car are now running on the roads every day. And consumers regard Tesla as the brand of the future.  However, America may not be Tesla’s future due to its restrictive domestic laws. Background […]

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Ignoring the Taking of President Trump’s Border Wall

By Hallie Lipsey* In the midst of disputes regarding costs, immigration, and international standing, President Trump may be neglecting one of the greater obstacles to the completion of the wall he has proposed to build along the Mexican border: the jaguar. The jaguar, along with 110 other animal and plant species, is protected under the […]

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The Challenges of Federalism in Environmental Regulations: Scott Pruitt and the EPA

By Allyson Beasley* On February 17, 2017 Congress confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an outspoken critic of “federal overreach”[1] as the new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[2] The subsequent release of his close ties to major agricultural and oil and gas industry stakeholders[3], put the influence of extractive industries on environmental […]

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