Recap: Spring 2022 Book Club

How will artificial intelligence (AI) shape our lives? Who is developing AI, and what motivates them? What flaws currently exist in AI systems, and how might they be improved or exploited? Quantitative futurist Amy Webb explores these questions in her 2019 book The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp […]

Federal Restrictions on Access to Fetal Tissue Threaten Medical Research

On June 5th, the Trump administration announced extreme restrictions on lifesaving medical research. Under the administration’s new policy, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been forced to halt any research that utilizes human fetal tissue acquired from elective abortions. Additionally, funding for this type of research has become far more difficult for scientists […]

“Necessity” of Red Tape Handcuffs Scientists

Before coming to WashU, I was a PhD student in Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), a premier research institute in India. Being a fifth-year student, I was working with a tight deadline and could not wait to finally begin collecting data. But life as a researcher is not so easy and straightforward. I […]