Tag: biology

An Exchange on Cloning

[For the uninitiated: Theomorph is an atheist lexivore and Jerry Nora is a Catholic MD/PhD student with penchant for bioethics. – Funky] A week ago, Theomorph posted some thoughts about cloning on his blog. Below I have the questions that he poses in bold and his own answers in italic, and my own counterpoints are …

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Stem Cell Research: Myths and Realities

This post is a supplement to Funky’s call for clarity in the stem cell debate. It was originally published in The Catholic Anchor, a student-run newspaper/magazine sponsored by the Ryan Catholic Newman Center. Over the past five years, the embryonic stem cell debate has haunted politicians and voters alike, and it has not grown any …

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Pet Peeve: "All Stem Cell Research is the Same"

It drives me nuts when I see the media referring to both adult and embryonic stem cell research under a single title. One of the uphill battles the prolife movement is currently fighting is making that distinction obvious to non-scientists. Those who support ESCR have done a terrific job of making people believe that opposition …

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Embryonic Stem Cells: A Bum Deal

New Technique Devised For Human Stem CellsScientists in Massachusetts reported yesterday that they have developed a new means of growing human embryonic stem cells, the versatile cells that show promise as treatments for various diseases. Interesting, as this bears on how many of the nominally-approved hESC lines in 2001 turned out to be corrupted by …

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Against the Grain

…as well as 2000 years of Church teaching. According to AP, "the spokesman for the Catholic Church in Spain has said it supports the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS." Well, doesn't this makes things interesting? Church officials in Spain are attempting damage control by telling the press, "Contrary to what some …

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