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Can science help us resolve our ethical dilemmas? (Let us forget all the dilemmas that it creates... for the moment.) According to a recent New York Times op-ed by Adam Shriver, the answer would appear to be “yes.” Scientists have been able to isolate the gene for a peptide critical to the functioning of the anterior cingulate gyrus (where the mammalian brain perceives pain) in mice.
We thought Tuesday would be free day at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory in Santa Cruz, but that policy, it turns out, does not apply in August. To be honest, I can’t blame them, given California’s economic woes. Anyway, it felt good to pay my $4 to gain entry into this UC Santa Cruz facility dedicated to teaching about the sea, its inhabitants, and our relationship with them.
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