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>Causal link between abortion mental illness claimed

>Fergusson of Australia has published more data on his birth cohort from ChristChurch, New Zealand. This time, he’s claiming causal relationship between abortion and later mental illness. A 3 invited comments in the same journal seem to accept that his conclusion is true: Abortion responsible for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, at least do some … Continue reading

Science in Obama’s Administration

After lots of ‘Net speculation on science and medicine advisory councils and committees in addition to mine of this morning, we find out that the Obama leader for the transition team on the President’s Council on Bioethics Review Team will be Jonathan Moreno the associate at the bioethics arms of the Center for American Progress, … Continue reading

“iPS cells would have never been discovered without human embryonic stem cells"

In fact, Mr. Siegal, without the objection to cloning and embryonic stem cell research, iPS cells researchers might have taken a little longer to develop therapy that holds promise for regeneration and healing in the body, without transplants, intermediate cells and without costing the life of another human being. Bernie Siegal, that lawyer who sued … Continue reading

>Human-pig embryo approved in UK

>The “cybrid” or hybrid human-animal embryos are created in the laboratory by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transplantation, using emptied eggs from animals and the nuclear and cellular DNA from humans.. We know that there are currently experiments on-going with the human embryos made using emptied cow eggs (more on the “ease” of making these embryos, here), … Continue reading

Coffee drinkers live longer

If true, I may live forever. According to the Washington Post, The researchers found that women who drank two or three cups of caffeinated coffee daily had a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease during the follow-up (from 1980 to 2004) than non-drinkers. Women also had an 18 percent lower death risk … Continue reading

>Meningitis damage repaired with adult stem cells

>A 20 year old young man from Bedford, Texas was about to lose his arms and legs due to the clotting of blood in his vessels caused by meningitis but no longer. The treatment involved doctors and technicians at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Florida, Israel and the Dominican Republic, and one aunt with a computer … Continue reading

>Skeptical view on Expelled, the Movie

>Michael Shermer, the Skeptic, has seen the movie, Expelled, in advance of its release Friday, April 18th, and posted a review on his blog at Scientific American. Shermer is a spin doctor who, while purporting to follow reason, is actually better understood by the title he often sports, “skeptic.” His near-“single-issue” is atheism vs. religion, … Continue reading

>Human-DNA-in-cow-egg embryo created in UK

>Scientists in the UK report that they have created an embryo using the transfer of human nuclear DNA from an embryonic human cell into the oocyte of a cow that has had the nucleus removed. These embryos are the “hybrids” or “cybrids” that we’ve been discussing for the last few years. From the Guardian: Apparently … Continue reading

>Lee Silver: iPCs named due to politics

>Lee Silver, author of is someone that I’ve read about on the ‘net and about whom Robert George and Patrick Lee said, “He hides his ideology under a veneer of science.” He was the guest on Carl Zimmerman’s Bloggingheads.tv November 30, discussing reprogrammed skin cells. Dr. Lee is convinced that if a couple of more … Continue reading

>Yamanaka has a conscience

> “When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my daughters,” said Dr. Yamanaka. The New York Times article on Shinya Yamanaka, “Risk taking is in his genes,” (free one time registration necessary) should get the headline-writer in trouble for a sad pun. Instead, Dr. Yamanaka … Continue reading

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