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    Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop – Book Review

Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop – Book Review

Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop. Anna Lembke. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2016.

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In the 1970s, Canadian psychologist Bruce Alexander and a group of colleagues at Simon Fraser University tested the widely believed hypothesis that drugs such as morphine are intrinsically addictive. They took two groups of […]

Metric Power – Book Review

Metric Power. David Beer. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.  

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My initial reaction to Metric Power was that, for an essay on the challenges of big data, there was remarkably little of it throughout the book. As David Beer shied away from drawn-out case studies, figures and concrete examples, I found myself getting more and more irritated. How could I […]

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    Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing Will Transform the World – Book Review

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing Will Transform the World – Book Review

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing Will Transform the World. John Parrington. Oxford University Press. 2016.

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Playing God

‘Scientists don’t ask what we should do. Instead we think: what can we do?’  This was the response of a cell biologist when I asked him what he thought of CRISPR/CAS9, the gene editing technique than in just four years has transformed […]