#5. We Need a DUI Test for Marijuana
August 23, 2017
Cheyllyn Ranae Collinsworth, an 18-year-old Washington state resident, died in May following a car crash. The person responsible was driving under the influence of marijuana and has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. In states where marijuana is legal, car collisions are up 3%, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute. Although marijuana impairs driving ability, police knew the driver in Washington had been using the drug only because he confessed.
#4. Trump and Christie’s First Steps to Solving the Opioid Crisis
May 16, 2017
The epidemic’s cause isn’t clear, but a nationwide system for tracking prescriptions would help.
#3. Ignore Anti-Vaccine Hysteria, Mr. Trump
January 11, 2017
The environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine skeptic, told reporters Tuesday in the lobby of Trump Tower that the president-elect has asked him to lead a commission “to make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects.” Mr. Kennedy also suggested that Donald Trump “has some doubts about the current vaccine policies” and that “we ought to be debating the science.” This is insane.
#2. Patent Judges Should Be Scientists, Too
August 22, 2016
Patents are the lifeblood of biotechnology, the force that motivates companies to develop innovative medical treatments and bring them to market. The trouble is that these patents must be enforced in a court system that isn’t set up to adjudicate highly technical matters—resulting in rulings that seem arbitrary or even scientifically suspect.
#1. Embracing the Promise of GMOs
October 18, 2012
Recently, scientists in New Zealand welcomed the newest genetically modified organism (GMO) into the world: A cute, tailless cow named “Daisy” that produces low-allergy milk. Scientists engineered the animal to address the problem of infant allergies to cow milk, which affects up to 3% of children in the developed world.