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Policy Memo: Prohibiting Unnecessary Use of Antibiotics in Food-Producing Animals

Policy Memo: Prohibiting Unnecessary Use of Antibiotics in Food-Producing Animals

In April 2020, two teams of ProSPER members participated in the National Science Policy Network‘s policy memo competition. This is the memo by Ananya Benegal, Kevin Blake, and Lauren Koenig; the memo by Hannah Frye, Emilee Kotnik, and Rachel Rahn can be found here. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Antibiotics are the foundation of the modern healthcare system, […]
Policy Memo: Genetic Privacy Consumer Protections

Policy Memo: Genetic Privacy Consumer Protections

In April 2020, two teams of ProSPER members participated in the National Science Policy Network‘s policy memo competition. This is the memo by Hannah Frye, Emilee Kotnik, and Rachel Rahn; the memo by Ananya Benegal, Kevin Blake, and Lauren Koenig can be found here. Executive summary Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have become increasingly popular in […]