An Embryonic Stem Cell Fade

They can’t blame Bush for this one: A Singapore company that made a big splash when it announced it would soon be offering ES cell therapies to human patients—has backed off. From the story in Science July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5836, p. 305 (no link):In a sign that hopes for quick medical . . . . Continue Reading »

Tell This to Michael Moore

A young UK woman named Laura Price, age 30, has died waiting for a vital brain scan from the NHS. From the story:Laura Price...was found dead in her home just hours after she had been discharged from casualty. The evening before she died, Miss Price...had begged a junior A&E doctor for anti-seizure . . . . Continue Reading »

Good News on the AIDS Front

New drug cocktail combinations are apparently helping AIDS patients live longer and with fewer symptoms, and indeed, return blood counts to normal levels. From the story:AIDS drug cocktails may be able to restore the ravaged immune systems of some people infected with HIV, researchers reported on . . . . Continue Reading »

More Animal Rights Threats of Violence

I am quoted in this story about the continuing threat among the most radical animal rights/liberationists to engage in violence in the name of saving the animals. From the story: Radical animal rights activists will likely use “any means necessary” to stop what they consider the torture . . . . Continue Reading »

Thoughts on the Dog Fighting Scandal

The brutes—meaning the people—involved in the dog fighting scandal should be punished to the fullest extent of the law and they should be shunned socially. Not only is the “sport” beyond cruel, but it involves training dogs to fight for purposes and in ways never seen in . . . . Continue Reading »

Postmodernism Comes to Death Itself

In postmodernism, facts don’t matter as much as desired narratives, and now this view is being proposed as a way to define death itself—which would permit people to choose ahead of time when they were to be considered to have, as the Bard had it, shuffled off this mortal coil.This is not . . . . Continue Reading »

Subscription Now Available

I have been asked to add a subscription capability to the site, and so I have—I think. I am pretty techno-maladroit, so I would appreciate hearing whether I properly installed the function. Thanks to all who support Secondhand . . . . Continue Reading »

Anti-Humanism Gaining Traction

Here we go again. Newsweek reports—in surprisingly positive terms—on the movement to rid the earth of the vermin species—us:Environmentalists have their own eschatology—a vision of a world not consumed by holy fire but returned to ecological balance by the removal of the most . . . . Continue Reading »