Genes and Time Travel

Imagine scientists can turn your genetic clock back in time to cure diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. This seems like an idea straight from the Twilight Zone, but as I discussed earlier with the CRISPR Cas9, the technology to do so actually exists, and is accelerating every day. We know this technology as the controversial... Continue Reading →

GATTACA and Genetically Enhanced Humans: Fact or Fiction?

Published on Front Line Genomics: http://www.frontlinegenomics.com/blog/11167/gattaca-genetically-enhanced-humans-fact-fiction/ The ability to alter a human genome to influence eye color, height and strength was a major plot point in the 1997 science fiction film, Gattaca. The movie stars Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman, a young man who is considered genetically inferior because of his natural birth, and is thus... Continue Reading →

When Non-Political TV Shows Tackle Politics

This evening I was catching up on one of my favorite television shows, Arrow, and just finished an episode which dealt with the aftermath of a mass shooting and touchy subject of gun control. Arrow, which is currently in its fifth season, is a modern take on DC's Green Arrow, and tells the story of a rich playboy, Oliver Queen, who, after five years of being stranded on an island, returns home to Star City to fight crime with a bow and arrows.

“Mad Men” and the Male Gaze

The “Jaguar Pitch”, scene that appears in a season 5 episode of Mad Men, is a perfect example of Laura Mulvey’s concept of the “male gaze”, a masculine point of view across movies and literature in which women are presented as the objects of male pleasure. Mulvey states that the female characters have no direct... Continue Reading →

The History of DC Comics

“One of the key characteristics of the comic book medium is that it is not brought to life by just one voice”.   -Jim Lee, artist for DC Comics DC Comics Inc. is an American comic book publisher and a publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a company belonging to Warner Brothers Entertainment which itself is owned... Continue Reading →

Batman, Hero or Villain?

Why has American society responded so well to the television anti-hero? Shows like Breaking Bad, Hannibal, The Sopranos, Bates Motel, and Dexter, have dominated our screens and have catapulted their major characters, who often engage in activities that bring into question their hero status, into household names. In this day and age, everyone now knows... Continue Reading →

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