From Carcasses to Chickienobs: Embracing Cultured Meat

By Mitchell Gilburne* Documented evidence of the environmental and ethical consequences of the Factory Farming System are manifold[1] and yet our nation-wide appetite for animal protein will not abate. Once, the Thanksgiving Turkey and the Christmas Ham were extravagances to be grateful for. Now, we expect them to be bigger, juicier, and even more golden […]

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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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Trump’s “Brilliant” Plan for Healthcare Reform

By Megan Stamm* One of President Trump’s promises during the 2016 election was repealing Obamacare.[1] President Trump never hid his opposition to the universal healthcare system. Trump stated, “Obamacare is a disaster. You know it. We all know it.”[2] President Trump and many republicans have issues with the Affordable Care Act.[3] Some of these issues […]

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Stimulating the Superfund: How to Reinvigorate CERCLA

By Manas Kumar* Upon seeing a hazardous waste site, our moral impulse calls for the polluters to pay. Federal law endorses this view. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) mandates that parties responsible (“PRPs”) pay to decontaminate waste sites under the “Polluter Pays” principle.[i] While socially beneficial, supportive of personal responsibility, […]

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The New Prohibition: Blue Laws in the Bluegrass

By Victoria Allen* In Kentucky, the dialogue surrounding alcohol sales and how they should be restricted often focuses on tangential arguments rather than a fiscal or policy based concern. In 2013, the state legislature passed a measure allowing the sale of alcohol on election days between 6 A.M. to 6 P.M., removing one of the […]

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