The latest episode of BioTalk is with Dr. David Prentice of the Lozier Insititute on the world’s first GMO baby born this summer using the “3-parent IVF” method called “maternal spindle transfer”. If not for the Aderholt amendment to the 2015 omnibus spending bill, which prohibits the Food and Drug Administration from entertaining any submission that proposes “research in which … Read More
BioTalk19: Genetic Testing – Consumer/Patient Be Aware
I’m back with Rebecca in the latest episode of BioTalk. This time we’re talking about genetic testing and what could happen to your DNA after it leaves your body. Or Audio only: Generally speaking, genetic testing is ethically neutral. In fact, in some cases it may be medically, and therefore ethically, necessary. But, whether you’re getting tested for legitimate health … Read More
BioTalk18: Self-Regulation Science Doesn’t Work
Scientists love to give themselves “ethical guidelines” — only to “reevaluate” and revise those guidelines when they are no longer convenient. A perfect recent example of this came this May when scientists in two separate studies reported keeping embryos alive, healthy and developing for 12-13 days. In both studies the embryos grew autonomously and began processes that lead to organ … Read More
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Human GMOs and U.S. Public Policy
Last year the restaurant chain Chipotle made major headlines for announcing that all(ish) of its food would be “GMO free” (that’s fine, I never liked Chipotle, anyway). They actually received a heavy amount of criticism for this move, nevertheless, it’s safe to say they wouldn’t have done it if there weren’t a growing number of the general public wary of … Read More
BioTalk13: Aborted Fetal Body Parts in Scientific Research
In this episode of BioTalk, I spoke with chemistry and physics instructor, Dr. Stacy Trasancos. Always a pleasure connecting with someone I’ve only known virtually through email and Facebook. Stacy reminds us that it really doesn’t take any undercover investigating to find proof that abortion providers have been supplying scientists with aborted fetal body parts — sometimes even whole, intact, … Read More
BioTalk11: GMO People — Make Your Voice Heard!
The dream team is back! In the latest episode of BioTalk, Rebecca Taylor and I give an update on “three-parent IVF” (aka “midochondrial donation or replacement”) and genetic engineering, what it means for our human future and what you can do about it. Or, if you prefer, you can listen to audio only: There is a very real possibility that … Read More
Biotalking with Dr. David Prentice
At the National Right to Life Convention this summer I caught up with Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council, and chatted with him a bit about the current status of the great “stem cell debate”, how scientists are tinkering with human life these days and what, if any, positive signs he sees for trying … Read More
BioTalk, Episode 9: Transhumanism in Popular Culture
It only took two weeks, but I finally edited and uploaded the latest episode of BioTalk with the lovely and smart Rebecca Taylor. Transhumanist ideas are often spread in notable science/tech journals, magazines and even some conferences. And today’s rapidly-progressing technological world is making their goals more and more plausible. However, as Rebecca put it recently, “To grease the wheels … Read More
BioTalk, ep. 8: The Great GMO Disconnect
What’s with society’s split personality when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Milk from a cloned cow is unnatural and unsafe, but injecting a human being with stem cells from their own (dead) clone is positive scientific progress? Why are we going to great lengths to regulate and raise awareness about the use of GMO in our food supply, … Read More
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