Growing New Fingers From "Pig Matrix?"

The Wall Street Journal (no link available) reports that scientists are treating wounded Iraqi War veterans with a substance from pigs that seems to resurrect the ability to regenerate organs and other body parts—an ability possessed by fetuses but lost after birth. In this case, the . . . . Continue Reading »

Eugenics 100th Birthday

In this Daily Standard column, David Klinghoffer, my colleague at the Discovery Institute, notes that it has been 100 years since eugenic sterilization was first legalized in the USA. He also points out that while Darwin opposed discriminating against the weak, the pernicious eugenics theory was . . . . Continue Reading »

Slavery in Haiti

Talk about a bitter irony: Haitian slaves were among the first to liberate themselves (from ownership by French colonists), and yet, on the island that once stood as a beacon encouraging others to strive toward freedom, children are held as “domestic chattels.” From the story in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Turning Kidneys into a Crop

A UK doctor wants to legalize kidney markets to ease the organ shortage. Of course, people in his social class will never threaten their own health by being sellers. They will be buyers. Opening the door to exploiting the poor for their organs is a new form of . . . . Continue Reading »

A Hospice Step in the Right Direction

When I had the great honor of interviewing Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, she criticized the American “way” of hospice, noting that unlike the UK, we had created a system where hospice is seen as an “abandon hope all ye who enter here,” . . . . Continue Reading »

Move to Outlaw Gene Patenting

A bi-partisan bill is being introduced in the House of Representatives to outlaw the patenting of human genes. It doesn’t have a number yet. Here is what it states: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no patent may be obtained for a nucleotide sequence, or its functions or . . . . Continue Reading »