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Why Ethics?

Presentation to Texas GOP Vote in Austin, Texas, March 25, 2011 If you crack the egg of a bird on the Endangered Species List, it won’t matter that the bird was a fetus or embryo. You’ve still broken Federal law. Why is the species of an (unhatched) animal so clear cut under law, but human … Continue reading

Trust me, I don’t have a conscience, again

The Obama administration has released their new conscience regulations from the Health and Human Services dept. See this Adobe, pdf: http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-03993_PI.pdf There is now no protection for doctors who won’t council abortion, who refuse to prescribe contraception (including post-coital “contraception”) or those who don’t wish to perform fertility treatments for “certain groups of people.” Of … Continue reading

Austin Stem Cell Research Symposium

I attended a once in a lifetime event sponsored by the Austin Heart Hospital and Texans for Stem Cell Research on the University of Texas campus Wednesday, October 27th. Six (edited – not five as I originally wrote.) researchers reported on cutting-edge stem cell research works-in-progress, right here in Texas. The presentations by the PhD’s, … Continue reading

No self breast exams?

The recommendation *not* to teach exams throws the whole report into question for me. If we are changing the frequency of mammograms, should we also change the recommendation to do self exams? Won’t the first change the effectiveness of the second? In the news, the report by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. … Continue reading

Don’t laugh: Nanoparticle rub for impotence

The next addiction? The next big scare? Most definitely the next big joke. What about the man’s sperm? And what about the female partner? How much of a dose will she and her DNA receive. What are nano particles, anyway? (Don’t answer that, I know the text-book answer.) There is a report of a new … Continue reading

Study of iPS cells draws nearer to finding cures

Research in stem cells and the origin and treatment of disease is definitely moving away from destructive embryonic stem cell research toward induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS). A fantastic review that connects Japan’s Dr. Yamanaka, San Francisco’s Srivastava, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and the Burnetts of Sulphur Springs, Texas, is … Continue reading

>AMA: "People aren’t going to waste time on Embryonic Stem Cells, anymore"

> A member of the “lobby group Comment on Reproductive Ethics” maintains that there are “some scientists who like to hold on to what they’ve got, but” she doesn’t “think people are going to waste time on embryonic stem cells any more.” (Josephine Quintanelle, quoted in the Guardian, 3/1/09) The American Medical Association sends its … Continue reading

Human-animal embryos don’t work for stem cell production

The New Scientist has a good review article that explains a new research report from Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology, that attempts with “thousands” of embryos created by placing human DNA into the oocytes or eggs of animals have failed to produce stem cells. NatureNews, the news arm of the journal, Nature discusses the … Continue reading

Texas teens form pro-life club

And, it seems that the kids in Coppell, Texas (near Dallas) are only “anti-abortion” because of the undue influence of their families and churches. From the Dallas Morning News: Abortion rights advocates say it’s even harder for them to organize high school students because of the focus on abstinence. “We’re up against a movement that … Continue reading

>Top 50 Medical Blogs list

>We made number 12, under Bioethics. The list appears to be a good resource – just come back here when you’re done surfing the others! Spelling corrected 1/6/09

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