Interfering with Natural Selection

This charming story about Jessica the Hippo is a bit disturbing. Jessica was saved from death by human intervention—we are the only species that do this constantly for species other than our own. And the game warden’s saving her life at the age of one day, represents our unique capacity . . . . Continue Reading »

Coming Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Actually, perhaps an effective drug treatment that can prevent the plaque from destroying areas of the brain. From the story:Biologists have developed a compound which has successfully prevented the disease killing brain cells, improving memory and learning ability that was already damaged.The . . . . Continue Reading »

Man With Tiny Brain Fully Functional

This is an interesting story that demonstrates the astonishing adaptability of the body. A man was found with a brain only about 25% the usual size, and yet he is fully functional and not mentally impaired. From the story in the New Scientist:A man with an unusually tiny brain manages to live an . . . . Continue Reading »

Murder/Suicides Not About "Choice"

Now with the Lake County (IL) Coroner supporting some murder/suicides of the elderly, it is worth looking at some of the professional literature on the subject. It isn’t merely another “choice,” but often is a result of spousal abuse and depression. This is from an abstract of a . . . . Continue Reading »

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 »