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Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, and consults for the Patients Rights Council.

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The cloning crowd’s ability to denigrate adult stem cell research is quickly losing steam. Check out this report that bone marrow stem cells may be pluripotent and can grow heart cells. It’s not over yet, but all very encouraging. Indeed, I believe this cultural struggle will be won if . . . . Continue Reading »

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I testified alongside Dr. David Prentice in Missouri yesterday urging support of legislation that would outlaw all human cloning in the “Show Me” state. Here is a pretty fair newspaper description of the event. The text of my presentation is available on my WEB site under . . . . Continue Reading »

New Article Available

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For anyone interested: I have an extended article in the February AMERICAN SPECTATOR about cloning, biotechnology, and the anything goes mentality that is infecting the Science Establishment. It is not available on line at this . . . . Continue Reading »

Schiavo: A Victim of Process

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I have been asked by several correspondents if I intend to write again on the Schiavo case. The answer is that I don’t know. What else is there to say that hasn’t already been written? Terri is the victim of a legal system that has become obsessed with legal process at the expense of . . . . Continue Reading »

When is Enough, Enough?

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The National Geographic has clued into the fact that biotechnologists are creating human/animal hybrids, known as chimeras. This is not news. Dolly the cloned sheep was created in the first place so that the Roslin Institute could genetically engineer sheep to have a human gene. Their purpose was . . . . Continue Reading »

Waking from the Dead

From the October 2003 Print Edition

Terry Wallis recently woke up. For most of us, this would not be news. But for Terry it was a huge event: He had been unconscious for nineteen years due to injuries sustained in an auto accident. Indeed, upon awakening, he believed that Ronald Reagan was still President. Wallis’ recovery . . . . Continue Reading »

Suicide Pays

From the June/July 1999 Print Edition

It is the unfortunate nature of man that financial imperatives often supersede important moral and ethical principles. We often tolerate or even celebrate inherently unethical and immoral actions as long as they make a buck. Simply put, mammon has the power to distort moral intuitions. Take the . . . . Continue Reading »