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Johnathan Bowes
Johnathan Bowes (also known as JoBo) is a senior and premed majoring in Science, Technology, and Society. Originally from Sacramento, he went to high school in Chattanooga, TN. Besides writing for The Daily, he also works for El Aguila, Stanford's only [email protected] interest and culture magazine. He's also an avid fan of black tea, Game of Thrones, and Spanish literature. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanBowes.

Generations of nonconsent: The problems of germline modification

Time may bring new research to light that allays the medical concerns that germline genome modification present. But no matter what new advances come with germline modification, its medical use can never involve informed consent. And such nonconsensual use cannot be ethically sound.

The boon of GE food

Before pundits and politicians reduce the questions and solutions posed by GE crops and GE agribusiness down to sound bytes and slogans, we must realize just how powerfully positive the effects of genetically engineering our food can be if handled correctly.

Live and let die: A case for death with dignity

In the interest of increasing patient autonomy, opening the doors to true forms of euthanasia goes too far. Physician-assisted suicide, therefore, exists as the only viable option. Ethically indistinguishable (at worst) from current medical practices, dying with dignity needs to become a legally acceptable option for terminally ill people.

Fight the foolish: Tackling the vaccination crisis

So in the grand scheme of things, small groups of faith-healing fundamentalists do not pose a threat to public health. Trying to coerce those groups to violate their religious beliefs, therefore, cannot be reasonably necessary to curb the re-emergence of vaccine-preventable disease. The opposite holds true, though, for anti-vaxxers who abuse philosophical vaccine exemptions.

Keystone XL: A pipeline to a new future?

Super Tuesday columnists Johnathan Bowes '15 and Matthew '18 take on the hot button political issues of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Bowes argues that if developed ethically and with respect to landowners and Native American nations, the pipeline is a net positive for the US. Cohen suggests that the risk of affecting the American water supply and the overall increased production of oil should make us wary.

Stone by stone: Refocusing the Ferguson protests

At this point, though, shouting “Shut it down for Michael Brown!” while parading through shopping malls in St. Louis or while chained to the BART train is a fairly meaningless and insignificant act. Protesting against a grand jury’s decision as a way to achieve some sort of betterment for the situation of black people vis-à-vis violence or the police will ultimately change nothing about those situations.

Super Tuesday: Should Rush Limbaugh be fired?

Super Tuesday columnists Aimee Trujillo '15 and Johnathan Bowes '15 take perspectives on Rush Limbaugh's recent comments that 'no' can mean 'yes' if you know how to spot it. Trujillo argues that these comments have no place in the public sphere as they only perpetuate rape culture, while Bowes argues that firing Limbaugh would actually be counterproductive to those same aims.

The (police) dogs of war

Last week, President Obama announced the authorization of immediate, indefinite airstrikes against the Islamic State (of Iraq and the Levant, known varyingly as IS or ISIS/ISIL), bringing the U.S. military back into combat in Iraq for the first time since current seniors’ first quarter here at Stanford. Hoping to protect the nearly-independent Kurds as well…

Vote for people, not names

Almost as soon as the dust settled after the 2012 presidential election, many political commentators started talking about 2016, when we the people will (vote for the electors who officially) elect our next president. In the nearly two years since then, the political intelligentsia have used countless amounts of ink, pixels and bits to run…
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