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devastating

highly destructive

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huntington's disease

a progressive brain disorder that causes uncontrolled movements and emotional problems.

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tweak

improve by making fine adjustments to something

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parasite

an organism which lives in or on another organism (its host).

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tantalizingly

something that causes desire but is seemingly unobtainable.

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palindromic

a word, phrase or sequence that reads the same backwards and forwards.

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ominous

giving the worrying impression that something bad is about to happen.

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backdrop

a large cloth hung at the back of a theatre stage to act as a background.

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blue-ribbon

of highest quality

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bioethistics

a person who applies ethics to science and biology.

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summit

a meeting between heads of government

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cusp

pointed end where two curves meet

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germ-line

a series of germ cells each developed (from earlier cells in the series).

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somatic

relating to the body as distinct from the mind

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genome

the whole of an organism, with information encoded in its DNA.

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societal

relating to society

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quandaries

a state of perplexity over what to do in a difficult situation

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sickle cell anemia

genetic blood disease caused by an abnormal form of hemoglobin.

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coercively

relating to or using force or threats

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exacerbate

make something worse

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dire

extremely serious

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dystopian

relating to an imagined place where everything is bad

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molecular

consisting of molecules

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misogyny

ingrained prejudice against women

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harassment

aggressive pressure or intimidation

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consciousness-raising

seeking to make people more aware

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in perspective

within a reasonable view

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pragmatism

a pragmatic attitude or policy

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misogynist

a person who is strongly prejudiced against women

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solidarity

agreement of feeling or action

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allegations

claims that someone has done something illegal or wrong

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prominent

important; projecting from something

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the theory of intersectionality

suggests that discrete forms of oppression are shaped by one another.

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consent

permission for something to happen

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backlash

a strong, negative reaction by a large number of people

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marginalised

treat someone or something as insignificant

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nascent

just coming into existence

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intersectional feminists

explains how the feminist movement can be more diverse.

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intersectionality

the interconnected nature of social categorisations such as race, gender etc.

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systematic problems

problems due to issues inherent in the overall system

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predicament

a difficult and unpleasant situation.

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ethnic cleansing

the mass killing of people belonging to one ethnicity or religion

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social engineering

psychological manipulation: brainwashing

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homesteading

life of self-efficiency

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relocate

moving to another place

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motley

consisting of many different types of people that do not seem to belong together.

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vulnerability

the state of being weak or easily hurt physically or emotionally

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gateway

an opening in a wall or fence that can be closed by a gate

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apocalyptic

describing very serious damage and destruction in past or future events.

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eke out

to make a small supply of something, such as religion or politics.

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zealot

a person who is extremely enthusiastic about something, such as religion or politics.

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displaced

to take the place of someone; to replace

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unfathomable

too difficult to comprehend

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floatsam

the wreckage of a ship or cargo found washed up or by the sea

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appraising

to examine someone and form an opinion about them

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begets

to cause something to happen

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telegenic

one who looks good on television

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asylum

protection given to people who have left their own country.

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pathos

a quality that evokes pity or sadness

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diaspora

the dispersion of Jews beyond Israel

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UNHCR

a programme with the mandate to protect refugees

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The Arab Spring

Arabian countries protested governments in Arabian countries that led to wars. It promised free elections, human rights, employment and ended with success in some countries but wars and corruption in others, such as Syria.

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statelessness

not recognised as a citizen of any country

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systemic

relating to a system