Articles by Alex Buckley

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

Rethinking Charitable Donations

For approximately $40,000, Guide Dogs of America can train and provide a seeing eye dog to the visually impaired. Upon visiting their program’s website, a large “Donate” button appears beside a picture of fluffy labrador puppies in the arms of smiling volunteers. For $25, the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control program can cure someone in the…

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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