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It would be a feat indeed to find someone today unaware of the Ebola epidemic that grips Western Africa. Since the disease emerged in Guinea in February of last year, it has spread to other African countries, most notably Liberia and Sierra Leone, and claimed thousands of lives, throwing the countries involved into political and social chaos (“Ebola basics: What you need to know”). The breakout of this epidemic, the most severe case of Ebola since its discovery forty years ago, took the media by storm (“Ebola basics: What you need to know”).

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A civil war in Syria is going on since 2011. Several times, the UN discussed possibilities of intervention to remove the Assad regime but Russia used the veto every time to counter these efforts. In 2013, the United States prepared themselves to enter in Syria with the help of France but the plans were canceled. Several political leaders such as Barack Obama, François Hollande and Steven Harper condemned the brutal actions of the Syrian government against its own people. However, what should we think of the fact that nothing happened yet?

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In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a practice that has raised several ethical questions since its introduction. IVF is essentially the fertilization of an egg in a controlled environment outside the body, after which the fertilized egg is then replaced into a woman’s uterus (“In Vitro Fertilization: IVF”). The practice is common for infertile individuals wishing for offspring (“In Vitro Fertilization: IVF”). Normal IVF uses genetic information from one man and one woman (“In Vitro Fertilization: IVF”).

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