Monthly Archives: March 2016

Growing a family tree

This article, which originally appeared in Genome in December 2015, received a 2015 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Health Care Journalists and honorable mention in the 2016 Folio Eddie Awards. Sonny Varela comes from a … Continue reading

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When cancer runs in the family

This article originally appeared in Genome in June 2015. After Lucy Benton completed her breast cancer treatment 16 years ago, she thought she was done with cancer. Then last year, the 68-year-old Texas woman learned she had cancer again. This time … Continue reading

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A place for e-cigarettes in smoking cessation

This article originally appeared in Yale Medicine in Winter 2016.  In the field of tobacco control, Michael B. Siegel, M.D., is a lone wolf. The Boston University public health professor stands at odds with most of his public health colleagues on … Continue reading

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More than skin deep

Geneticists view “race” in a far more complex way than the average census taker. For centuries, authors, researchers, and politicians have tried to use science to classify the “races.” Their attempts have resulted in divisive books, theories such as eugenics, … Continue reading

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Holding pattern: Helicopter parenting in higher ed

  When I was a kid, my mom would send me out to play after breakfast and I wouldn’t come home until dinner. Scores of older Americans describe their childhoods this way. Kids today know little of this freedom to … Continue reading

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The new normal: The ethics of neuroenhancement

Are we on the cusp of a future where we can just take a pill to work longer, learn faster and achieve more? Is that a world where we want to live? “Jason,” a pre-med student at Georgia State, holds … Continue reading

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