Science-ism: The Modern Religion

When we are born, we do not question why or how food gives us energy; somehow we just know and we move on. Everyone knows that eating food will make one feel good, it will make one feel satisfied. However, only when we are older our society teaches us that such behavior is called a “natural instinct” and the satisfactory …

Rooted in Misconceptions: Hesitance towards Organ Donation

One of the most polarizing scientific advancements of the 20th and 21st centuries has been organ transplantation.  The words “organ donation” often conjure up gory images of surgery and possible death. Currently, there are 120 million donors in the United States, about 37% of the country’s population, yet an average of 18 people die each day due to the shortage of …

Leprosy and the Modern Plague

“Fear is a contagious disease, spreading from its first victim to others in the vicinity until it is powerful enough to take charge of a group, in which event it becomes panic.” – Ernest Gann The urban streets of Madurai, a temple city in central Tamil Nadu, India, are overflowing: auto-rickshaws, stands overladen with mangoes and pomegranates, businessmen burdened with briefcases …

Psychological Stress Marks our DNA: Stress and the Shortening of Telomeres

It is common knowledge in our increasingly fast-paced and stressful society that chronic stress is injurious to a person’s health, but how our psychological stress really translates into physiological consequences is still a growing area of research. The study “Does cellular aging relate to patterns of allostasis? An examination of basal and stress reactive HPA axis activity and telomere length”, …

A Case for Including a Bioethics Class in the High School Curriculum

Over the course of scientific history, many research experiments have been conducted, and amazing discoveries have been made that have improved countless lives. However, not all of the work has been ethical, and in fact, some of it has been cruel. In such cases, the ends do not justify the means. Because science depends on public dollars to fund research, …