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Ethical Issues in Genome Editing

        Genetics and biotechnology have had and continue to impact our lives in a lot of ways. But just like any other technology, biotechnology raises also raises issues of ethics. Ethical issues that often impact social policy, environment and the law. In this essay, we will consider some ethical issues of biotechnology, from a historical perspective, we will also look at some of the issues … Continue reading Ethical Issues in Genome Editing

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President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption

President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption -By Mwikisa Nabita- Every reasonable citizen would expect a President of a country to be on higher moral ground, transparent, to have Integrity, accountable and having the interest of the nation at heart, at the minimum. It has become easy for anyone with a pulse to know the mind of the Zambian President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, concerning corruption in the … Continue reading President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption

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The Complexities of Equality

Equality before the Law Equality before the law is a very important principle in the legal system, all judicial officers take an oath to implement the law without fear, fervour, affection or ill will. Judges, Lawyers, and all the judicial offices have an obligation to treat people fairly regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religious affiliation and social economic status. Equality can be split into two … Continue reading The Complexities of Equality

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The Human Condition | Massacre, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Limits of International Law

Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or a tribe. Genocide was first recognised as a crime under international law in 1946. The United Nations in 1948 Codified Genocide as an independent crime. On the other hand, Ethnic cleansing according to UN definition is the “purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove … Continue reading The Human Condition | Massacre, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Limits of International Law

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The Libyan Slave Trade | What we Know

The Libyan Slave Trade | What we Know What has caused the Slave trade? Several factors are said to have contributed to people smuggling/slave trade in Libya. Firstly, the splintered Libyan government, this was largely caused by the overthrow of Gaddafi and not having a proper leader and government to replace him. The result has been no rule of law, because the government is too … Continue reading The Libyan Slave Trade | What we Know

Tension as scientist at centre of CRIPSR outrage speaks at genome editing summit

  Jiankui He claims he has used CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls. Merlin Crossley, Author provided Merlin Crossley, UNSW I am currently at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, where controversial CRIPSR scientist Jiankui He presented his research just a few hours ago. He also answered questions from gene experts Robin Lovell-Badge (Crick Institute) and Matt Porteus (Stanford), plus assembled … Continue reading Tension as scientist at centre of CRIPSR outrage speaks at genome editing summit

Court opens door to domestic violence victim to sue police for negligence

In refusing to strike out Smith’s claim, the court has accepted that it is arguable police could owe a common law duty of care to specific victims of domestic violence to protect them from preventable harm. AAP/James Ross Mandy Shircore, James Cook University and Heather Douglas, The University of Queensland This week the Victorian Supreme Court refused an application by the State of Victoria to … Continue reading Court opens door to domestic violence victim to sue police for negligence