Articles by Alex Buckley

Alex Buckley is a freshman from the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be reached at arbuckley@wustl.edu


The Forces Behind Rising Drug Prices: Looking Past Martin Shkreli and Daraprim

  Turing Pharmaceuticals, led by CEO Martin Shkreli, recently acquired Daraprim, a drug that treats a deadly parasitic infection, and promptly raised its price from $13.50 to $750. Shkreli earned himself the reputation of a “pharma bro” through his brash handling of the situation in the media and especially on Twitter, where he called critics…

CRISPR-Cas9: Harbinger of Human Gene Editing and Its Ethical Turmoil

Last April, a group of geneticists at Sun Yat-sen University in China published a paper describing their attempt to alter the genomes of human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful new gene editing technology. The embryos possessed mutant copies of beta-globin, a gene that normally helps produce hemoglobin but in its mutant form causes beta-thalassemia, a…

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