Caveat emptor means “buyer beware.” Fake medicines are now a multibillion-dollar industry affecting people in virtually every country in the world, and the problem is getting worse. It has been estimated that up to 15 percent of drugs sold worldwide are counterfeit, and in parts of Africa and Asia it can surpass 50 percent. We are also vulnerable in the United States even though we have a better-regulated pharmaceutical system.
Integrating foreign DNA (gene splicing or recombinant DNA) to make a new product is overwhelmingly common throughout the world.
Believe it or not, an American city, San Francisco, is voting to proscribe one of the central rituals of an entire religious community, the Jewish people, who have been circumcising male infants since the time of Abraham.
Norman Lavin, M.D.,PhD.
Clinical Professor of Endocrinology
Director of Endocrinology Education
UCLA Medical School