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Social Media: Are We Addicts?

Social Media: Are We Addicts? by Brett Blazys   Addiction is defined as “compulsive behavior that leads to undesired and negative consequences.” While there are plenty of compulsive behaviors that do not lead to negative consequences, I focus on compulsive Social Media use and the problems that arise from it. We have all seen people in a group setting that could be observing and listening to the life around them, but instead they are looking into their phone, the ‘Black Mirror.’ Netflix has, as mentioned, an entire series based on technology taking over our minds and personal interests; looking into the…

Opinion: A Study of Illumina’s Success

Opinion: A Study of Illumina’s Success [1] By Francisco J. Uribe Illumina is a San Diego based, publicly traded company (ILMN) that develops, manufactures, and markets its proprietary line of integrated systems to sequence DNA.[2] Illumina has spearheaded the development of third-generation DNA sequencing systems, which allow for massive and fast sequencing of complete genomes, enabling the study of population genomics. In turn, this has opened the door to endless healthcare applications. Incorporated in 1998, Illumina’s first products were in the area of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) profiling. The company’s IPO occurred in 2000, while launching its first product. Illumina not only…