Essay: Embryonic DNA Reconfiguration via CRISPR

Just weeks ago on September 28th, Japan’s governmental health and science ministries officially drafted national guidelines on human gene-editing and manipulation experiments, particularly within embryos (Cyranoski, 2018). Before then, Japan’s stance on genetic experiments had remained neutral. Now it is joining an increasing list of countries who support this genetic innovation.             One of the…

Essay: Social and Psychological Impacts of Cults

Along the arrival of a new generation, there was an increase of cultic movements and activities within them (Walsh, 2001). Common characteristics of harmful and destructive cults include a charismatic leader, an excluded group that opposes mainstream and traditional ideas, isolation from non-cult members, and ritual abuse (MacHovec, 1992). Cults make unqualified claims about their leader’s…

Essay: Are Genetic Privacy Laws Necessary?

Genetic Privacy laws exists to prevent the abuse of genetic information. It is understood that these laws were created specifically to prohibit health insurance companies, employers and housing agencies from using genetic data to discriminate against citizens.  Genetic discrimination can be described as the unfair treatment of individuals by employers/insurance companies based on gene mutations…

Essay: Shakespeare’s Influence on Authors, Musicians, and Films

Titles influenced by Shakespeare. There are a number of books, novels and collections whose titles were directly taken from some of Shakespeare’s lines from his plays or poems. Islam (2010), a Bangladeshi author, wrote an article about works titles by being influenced by Shakespeare. He has identified some writers like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Somerset…

Essay: Herodotus and Aristotle’s Insight on Human Happiness

Everyone strives toward a place in their life in which they feel satisfied with what they are accomplishing.  Whether people are striving for excellence in academics, finances, morality, etc., they desire to reach a level of success that pleases them.  Most would say that this success defines their happiness in their lives. Throughout the course…