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>Thomson framed: "iPS more relevant than embryonic"

>Framing Science has a great quote from James Thomson, whose lab announced that they had proven a way to reprogram adult cells to become more primitive, embryonic-like stem cells, called “induced Pluripotent Cells.” I don’t know how I missed this one yesterday: “. . . says Thomson, the scientist who in 1998 isolated stem cells … Continue reading

>Expelled: movie to explore politics of science

>Ben Stein on the movie, “Expelled,” “Big Science in this area of biology has lost its way,” says Stein. “Scientists are supposed to be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, no matter what the implications are. Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-American, it’s anti-science. It’s … Continue reading

Sam Harris at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Sam Harris, author of the books, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and Letter to a Christian Nation, was given a forum at the Aspen Ideas Festival. I’m not sure how I ended up finding the video, “Believing the Unbelievable: The Clash Between Faith and Reason in the Modern World,” … Continue reading

Beyond Belief: the Institutional Delusion of Scientism

The New York Times reports on “Beyond belief: Science, religion, reason and survival,” a symposium sponsored by the Science Network at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, which began to resemble the founding convention for a political party built on a single plank: in a world dangerously charged with ideology, science needs to take on … Continue reading

FDA Chief Resigns Over Plan B

FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, Susan Wood, says she can’t remain at the Agency because of the refusal to change the status of the drug protocol, “Plan B” often called the “morning after pill.” The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s daily news reports the fuss. I agree with the former Commissioner, she should not be … Continue reading

Chimeras, animal research and Humans

>The Scotsman has an opinion piece, “Genetic science alters war on animal rights,” by Kirsty Milne, which expresses confusion about what is right and wrong regarding research using animals and human subjects. She focuses on the altering of physical characteristics of different species by genetic manipulation. While the stealing of a family member’s corpse from … Continue reading

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