Will Saletan Hits a Home Run

I am a big fan of Slate’s Will Saletan. He is a wonderful writer, he has a way of looking evenly at all sides of biotech issues, and even if I don’t always (usually) agree with him, he is always well worth reading and pondering. Saletan scores in his newest column, about attending a . . . . Continue Reading »

Kass v. Pinker at the Intellectual OK Corral

This exchange between Leon Kass and Stephen Pinker in Commentary is superb, and I must say, Kass wins the exchange hands down. (Full disclosure: I am an enthusiastic Kassophile. I consider him to be, perhaps, our most wise and profound public intellectual.)The exchange was sparked by an article Kass . . . . Continue Reading »

Assisted Suicide Eviction

Can you blame them? The housing association where the Swiss assisted suicide organization Dignitas maintains a death apartment, has evicted the group because other residents are sick of the suicide parade.It is a familiar sight for the residents of Zurich’s Getrud Strasse number 84. Three or . . . . Continue Reading »

New Task Force UPDATE Now Available

The International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide is an invaluable educational resource in the fight against euthanasia. The Task Force publishes the highly informative Update, an essential tool to keeping up to date on the fast-moving euthanasia issue.The current edition is now out. . . . . Continue Reading »

Bobby Schindler Makes a Point

Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, has commented on a phenomenon I have also noticed: The propensity of the media to continually distinguish Terri’s case from other examples when purportedly unconscious people awaken, or dehydrations are stopped because the patient is found to be . . . . Continue Reading »

Umbilical Cord Blood Saves Leukemia Patient

The Seattle Times has a hopeful story about a patient who couldn’t find a compatible bone marrow donor, being effectively treated for leukemia by umbilical cord blood stem cells. UCB stem cells are much easier to match than bone marrow, but for adults there has always been a problem:But adults . . . . Continue Reading »