Author: Ariel Sykes

Author: Ariel Sykes

Medical Education of the Future
May 5, 2020 Medical Innovation and Healthcare Technology Ariel Sykes

Medical Education of the Future: The Ethics of Training Tomorrow’s Surgeons in Virtual Operating Theaters By Vivienne Germain Today, most surgical training is completed on cadavers and in operating rooms.  Unfortunately, the number of available cadavers does not satisfy demand, cadavers require expensive facilities and regular maintenance, and they are not reusable following most procedures. 

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Synthetic Biology
May 5, 2020 Medical Innovation and Healthcare Technology Ariel Sykes

Synthetic Biology: The Ethics of Artificially Creating Life By Maggie Stanton After 20 years, a group of scientists led by J. Craig Venter created a new, synthetic life form.  Its name– Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0, its purpose– still being discovered with the hope to use the process of creating the Designer Organism to form vaccines.  The

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HIV Positive Organ Transplants
May 5, 2020 Medical Innovation and Healthcare Technology Ariel Sykes

HIV Positive Organ Transplants: The Ethics of How HIV Patients Can Save Lives By Eileen Cohn Less than 40 years ago, being diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was a death sentence, as there was no treatment for the virus. Most people who lived through the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s never would have

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America’s Toxic Prisons
May 5, 2020 Environment and Health Ariel Sykes

America’s Toxic Prisons: The Ethics of Prison Construction in Highly Polluted Areas By Jenna Smith “I suffered almost every day of the 15 months I was at that prison… it became clear to me that I [was] being left for dead… With no other course to take or relief in sight I called my brother

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De-Extinction and the Environment
May 4, 2020 Environment and Health Ariel Sykes

The Modern Jurassic Park: Can De-Extinction Turn Back the Clock for our Environment? By Haley Bigler What does a Dodo, a Wooly Mammoth, and a Western Black Rhinoceros all have in common? These species are all extinct, and have the possibility to walk the earth again thanks to the development of de-extinction technology: although not

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The Right to Procreate
May 1, 2020 Environment and Health Ariel Sykes

Limiting Legacies: Overpopulation and the Right to Procreate By Elizabeth Mastrangelo It is 2100. The world population is an astonishing 11 billion people, the maximum amount that the Earth can sustain, and yet, the population continues to grow. Food prices are rapidly rising, clean water is a rarity, and resources are diminishing. The air is

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Living Forever and Overpopulation
April 30, 2020 Environment and Health Ariel Sykes

The Ethics of Living Forever & its Effect on Overpopulation By Disha Karale With the rise of new technologies, we focus on the furthering of society by finding new ways to make our lives more efficient. Under this wave of technological advancements lies the intriguing and unprecedented innovation of life extension technologies. Extending human life

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Poaching and People
April 30, 2020 Environment and Health Ariel Sykes

Poaching & People: The Ethics of Ethnozootherapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine By Afia Oduro-Manu Zootherapy, at least in the West, is usually seen as harmlessly using animals, especially dogs, to aid human recovery from psychological problems. However, across continents and across the hemisphere, specifically in China, ethnozootherapy is known by traditional practitioners and their millions

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Global Clean Water Crisis
April 30, 2020 Environment and Health Ariel Sykes

Clean Water and Sanitation: A Global Crisis that Challenges Women and Children By Jill DiTommaso Everyday women and children spend 200 million hours collecting water for their families, and 260 million hours looking for a place to defecate. Those who do not have immediate access to water have to find alternative ways to safely consume

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Consumer Autonomy in the Coffee Industry
April 30, 2020 Environment and Health Ariel Sykes

The Hidden Price You Pay: An Analysis of Ethics, the Environment and Consumer Autonomy in the Coffee Industry  By Sofia Scotto Our society has become virtually contingent on coffee for its survival. As coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, our global economy has become dependent on coffee for economic growth and

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