Tag: biology

Some Developments in Biomedicine

Thanks to Wired, I was tipped off on an article published in Nature about a type of stem cell that seems to be at the heart of the most advanced brain tumors in adults and children. It is considered stem-cell like since its chief marker, CD133, is a protein associated with embryonic nerve cells, and …

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Burying the Truth

Once again, I feel compelled to tell you all about a serious mistake in logic and ethics that one of my favorite bands, Brother, has made. You may recall that I have thrice (here, here, and here) pointed to their "Concert for Cures" tour. Well, they now have a whole page dedicated to it, and …

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Anybody Game?

I am here today to go on the record with my bewilderment with opponents of embryonic stem cell research. Here’s how I understand stem cell research: Fertilize an egg and let it divide a few times. Take the resulting clump of cells and use them to see what kinds of tissues you can grow on …

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Evolution

Coinciding nicely with a discussion about evolution and intelligent design between Jerry and Theomoroph, here are two interesting stories. Evolutionism and the Limits of Science Interview With Professor Mariano Artigas (Zenit) Science marks a key achievement in human history, says a philosopher who nevertheless warns of an “imperialism” that tries to judge everything through the …

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Aesthetics and Evolution

Science is often more artistic than many people, both within and outside of the humanities would believe. Physicists and mathematicians in particular look for "elegance" as a key factor in deciding a theories worth. In many ways, this is just an extension of Ockham’s razor: the simpler explanation for the same phenomenon is best. Elegance …

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