media bias

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Publish (destroy embryos) or perish

Professor James L. Sherley is losing weight on his hunger strike, but Fox News and Reuters are the only mainstream media outlets to take notice. It seems that racial discrimination, storming the Administration building of a university and even extreme measures of weight loss are not newsworthy if you’re critical of embryonic stem cell research … Continue reading

Bad, Bad Doctors (Religious, with Consciences)

The NEJM has a free on line article evaluating the results of a survey of doctors, “Religion, Conscience and Controversial Clinical Practices,” which is a perfect example that far too much of the effort of “medical ethics” or “bioethics,” goes into deciding who can be killed. “In recent years, several states have passed laws that … Continue reading

Texas: First to Mandate STD Vaccine

That’ll shock ’em on the coasts, won’t it? Not to mention France and England, since the story has gone global. Governor Rick Perry reportedly (free registration required) has signed an order mandating that teen girls in the State of Texas receive the vaccine against four strains of the Human Papilloma Virus by 12 years old … Continue reading

>Book Review: Michael Crichton’s NEXT

>“Stroke Damage May Help Smokers Kick the Habit: The insula, an area of the brain largely ignored by researchers, may hold the key to breaking harmful addictions” (Scientific American Science and Technology News, January 25, 2007) “Fresh light thrown on tragic drug trial: Animal tests may have missed danger because monkeys ‘too clean’.” ( online, … Continue reading

>The future of stem cells, Texas and politics

>The Friday, January 26, 2007 Austin American Statesman editorial, “Stem cell opposition could steer research away from Texas,” flatly states that Governor Rick Perry’s $3 Billion dollar cancer research initiative won’t help at all if it doesn’t include funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Statesman editors doubt that there will be any scientists to … Continue reading

Proof there’s no stem cell “ban”

Wesley Smith, at his blog Secondhand Smoke, notes that American Cell Technology has received a grant from the National Institute of Health for research on embryonic stem cells. He also points out what should be obvious: ACT must have received this funding for research on the stem cell lines that are authorized under President Bush’s … Continue reading

>"Forcing" women to talk to their doctors

>This pro-abortion rant from the San Antonio Current is really reaching: Frank Corte is a pro-life legislator who wants to control Texas’s women and health professionals. With HB 21, he wants to deny women the ability to review abortion warnings privately on video, and instead force them to hear it directly from the doctor; with … Continue reading

“Pluripotent” Amniotic/Placental Stem Cells

I’ve just skimmed the Nature Biotechnology article (free abstract and references with free registration to, the article is for subscription or by individual purchase, only)by Atala, De Coppi, et. al, “Isolation of amniotic stem cell lines with potential for therapy” (Nature Biotechnology – 25, 100 – 106 (2007). Published online: 7 January 2007; | … Continue reading

>No Debate, No Amendments on Embryonic Stem Cell Bill

>From the Sun Chronicle Democrats have an agenda for the first 100 hours of the new session that includes ethics reform, a higher minimum wage, more stem cell research and lower student loan costs.Those bills are being debated under what is called a closed rule, under which no amendments are allowed.They are being proposed directly … Continue reading

>"It’s a matter of taste."

> has posted a YouTube video from the Ali G show with Dr. Edmund Pelligrino (identified as from “Georgetown University, Papal Advisor Medical Ethics”), Richard Fischer (“American Institute of Homeopathy), Dr. John Freeman (“Johns Hopkins Medical School”) and Louis Brescht (“Catholic Medical Association”). The segment can also be viewed here, identified as “Ali G – … Continue reading

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