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A Pearl on Stem Cell Research

March 25, 2007

Since the bioethics news has been so serious lately, I thought we should take a break this week, and just enjoy my favorite (slightly warped) comic strip, Pearls Before Swine. This one is about stem cell research (just left click to enlarge). I promise to return to my usual commentary... View Article

Greeting Cards and Abortion

March 19, 2007

The latest in the abortion debate seems a bit bizarre. Exhale, a post-abortion counseling group, is now offering a variety of supportive E-cards to send to women who have recently undergone an abortion. The cards include attractive pictures of flowers or mountains. One version expresses the sentiment: I think you’re... View Article

Aborting the Less-Than-Perfect

March 13, 2007

During early fetal development, sometimes the esophagus fails to develop normally, a condition known as esophageal atresia. This happens once in about 3500 pregnancies, and doctors can frequently diagnose this condition by ultrasound prior to birth. Except that sometimes the doctors are wrong. In a teaching hospital in Florence, Italy,... View Article

Stemming the Tide of Controversy

March 4, 2007

A little bit of perspective can go a long way. If one believes the media, Dr. Catherine Verfaillie is a biased scientist whose research has significant flaws. Just as we suspected all along (they seem to say), the defects in her work “prove” that adult sources of stem cells are... View Article