Desperate to Clone: Reward Offered

Human cloning is very hard to do, apparently. Indeed, despite the race to win a Nobel Prize by creating the first embryonic stem cells from cloned embryos, I only know of one experiment that seems to have resulted in the creation of cloned human embryos that reached the one week stage—and even . . . . Continue Reading »

"Killed for Organs?" Update

The terrible story of the physician indicted for allegedly attempting to hasten the death of a disabled dying patient named Ruben Navarro in order to be able to harvest his organs—about which I first wrote a few days ago— is being fleshed out by the local media. As I suspected, the case . . . . Continue Reading »

More on the Vick Dog Fighting Case

I have a piece in today’s Rocky Mountain News about the Vick case, entitled, “Vick Charges Speak to Our Humanity.” It is pretty succinct. Here is an excerpt:People are outraged at this scandal, and rightly so. But few are asking why, exactly, we are so upset. For example, do we . . . . Continue Reading »

Or Animal Research and Adult Stem Cells

Experiments on zebra fish have produced a promising adult stem cell technique that could restore vision to the sightless. From the story:British researchers said on Wednesday they had successfully grown in the laboratory a type of adult stem cell found in the eyes of both fish and mammals that . . . . Continue Reading »

The Power of the Mind

This is interesting: The mask of Charlie Chaplain has a nose that sticks out on the outside. The same nose is concave on the inside. But because our brains know that noses stick out, not in, it refuses to “see” the nose correctly. The power of the human mind to overrule the impulses of . . . . Continue Reading »

Clueless Bioethicists at JAMA

Sometimes I think that to some bioethicists, it’s all a mind game. The latest example is an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike, and the authors are upset because army doctors are helping to force feed them. . . . . Continue Reading »