A game-changing breakthrough in stem cells

It's like finding a way to turn water into gasoline, or recycled paper into gold. Under the headline Major Breakthrough in Generating Safer, Therapeutic Stem Cells from Adult Cells, Science Daily reports that researchers at Scripps Research Institution have perfected a technique for transforming ... Continue reading

Fine young cannibals

"Today, with the executive order I am about to sign, we will bring the change that so many scientists and researchers, doctors and innovators, patients and loved ones have hoped for, and fought for, these past eight years: we will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell ... Continue reading

The world has changed

The world has changed. It is the beginning of the end of the controversy that has surrounded this field. Over time, these [induced] cells will be used in more and more labs. And human embryo stem cell research will be abandoned by more and more labs. — James Thomson, University of Wisconsin ... Continue reading

Michael, Milly and Parkinson’s Disease

It really isn't important whether Michael J Fox deliberately reduced his medication to amplify the effects of his Parkinson's disease for a political ad. He's done so at least once before, in the fall of 1999 when he testified at a hearing chaired by Sen. Arlen Specter on the National Institutes of ... Continue reading

The Groningen Protocol

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A hospital in the Netherlands—the first nation to permit euthanasia—recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose ... Continue reading