Tag Archive: medicine

Oct 12

Waking the Sleeping Killer: B-Movie Horror, the Plague, and Two Flus

"[Y]our scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should." – Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park Scott Paulsen cracks me up. 🙂 "Fellas! Come in here! Look what I just made!" "This week, government scientists awakened a sleeping killer, when they were successful in genetically recreating an …

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Aug 18

Cop Show Copycats

I couldn't resist quoting a comment Wojo made at Grabass. "I think we need Law And Order: Parking Violations Unit." I love the original Law and Order, but even that has jumped the shark and devolved into a parody of itself. LaO: Special Victims Unit is pretty good, but it's getting a little old. I …

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Aug 05

Senator Specter's Snake Oil

Funky recently sent an email to Senater Arlen Specter regarding stem cells and cloning. He got the following response, which he forwarded to me. I was more than happy to fisk it for him. Senator Specter is a noted proponent of science and embryonic stem cell research in particular. As his letter to Funky indicates …

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Jul 26

Being Open to Life: An Uphill Battle

Today is the 37th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. This encyclical reinforced the Church's constant teaching that it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent the transmission of human life. Additionally, it continued the Church's constant teaching against abortion and sterilization. "Therefore We base Our words on the first principles …

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Jul 10

H5N1: Bird Flu

Why aren’t more people concerned about bird flu? I see news stories about it from time to time, but they don’t seem to generate much buzz. This is a scary bug and the world isn’t ready to deal with it. Once upon a time, influenza was a potentially deadly disease. It came and went like …

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