From farm to pharm: how chickens are giving rise to anti-cancer drugs

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have genetically modified chickens to produce medical drugs in their egg whites, and hope this method could one day revolutionise the way in which pharmaceuticals are manufactured. Protein based therapies can be lifesaving treatments for a range of diseases, and are currently the fastest growing segment of […]

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The highs and lows of the downers and uppers

My first drugs experience was distinctly underwhelming. Tipsy off a couple of shots of vodka, I threw years of school-administered anti-drugs indoctrination to the wayside when, outside a 17th birthday party, I took my maiden drag from a moist-ended, clumsily-rolled joint. Nothing happened, apart from suppressing some guilty coughs. I didn’t see pink elephants; I […]

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“This house would end the war on drugs”

Proposition speakers: Merton College David Brown. Dr Huppart, MP for Cambridge, Richard Cowan, editor of Marijuana news, Mark Thornton, economics of prohibition.  Opposition speakers: Joe Miles, Kathy Gingale columnist for the Daily Mail, Professor Neal McCain, director of Centre for Drug Misuse and finally Ms Sarah Graham. The case for the proposition: Political double standards: […]

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Worry after £5m drug raids

Concerns have been raised about levels of drug activity in student-heavy areas of the city after £5m of cocaine was found in two Oxforshire properties. The news comes after a man from Blackbird Leys was sentenced after he was found in possession of heroin and crack cocaine with an intention to supply them. Andrew Adams […]

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The lifestyle’s murderous: will Oxford actually kill you?

Waking up hungover, eating a diet that mainly consists of instant noodles and chips, forgoing sleep in order to complete yet another essay: there’s little about the Oxford lifestyle that is beneficial to your health. But could it actually shorten your lifespan? The NHS Oxford health profile indicates that there are many potential health minefields […]

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Death for Ox-grad

A man claiming to be an Oxford graduate has been sentenced to death for drug-smuggling in Egypt, in what his lawyers describe as an intricate international set-up. Charles Raymond Ferndale, 74-year-old British pensioner, was arrested in 2011 for allegedly smuggling £2.9 million worth of drugs into Egypt aboard his yacht. He was caught with four […]

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Bolivia will take no more American drug money

In a speech this May Day, the Bolivian president Evo Morales announced that he would expel the US Agency for International Development (USAID) from his country. The response from the American government has been shocked, bordering upon outraged, but their message is clear: this will harm Bolivian people more than it will harm them. It […]

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Between rock and a hard piece

Will Upton discusses the similarities between sport and music. Drugs are used in professional music. Of course some of them, notably alcohol and recreational drugs, are responsible for interminable improvised solos. Miles Davis getting into a lift and mistaking it for his Ferrari is a metaphor for wasted talent on many levels. The use of […]

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