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In case you missed the news, a little boy with cerebral palsy who suffered cardiac arrest and was subsequently determined to be in a “persistent vegetative state”, appears to be recovering thanks to a treatment using his own umbilical cord blood cells. From the story: After the cord blood therapy, the patient, however, recovered relatively […]


Posted at: June 8th, 2013 - 12:50 pm - Number of Comments » 0

A few quick takes for your weekend: 1. The Church Is Not Backward, But Forward — my good friend Rebecca on the far-reaching wisdom of the Church. This article will also give you an idea of what’s coming up in our next episode of BioTalk! I’ll be editing that this weekend. 2. The Church and […]


Posted at: April 27th, 2013 - 3:12 pm - Number of Comments » 0

I’m not sure if this is really something to celebrate. I’m not a big fan of the whole “fountain of youth” quest for immortality. I don’t even like the idea of all those beauty serums and creams that claim to “reverse the signs of aging.” I would rather see scientists and medical professionals focus on […]


Posted at: January 18th, 2012 - 11:03 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Admittedly, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the threats to life and human dignity these days. We’re no longer talking just about abortion, but also several end of life issues and, of course, embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. The science has been around for a good 20 years or more, but I’m sure […]


Posted at: November 23rd, 2011 - 8:51 am - Number of Comments » 0

On Nov. 12 at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict XVI addressed participants of the Nov. 9-11 international conference Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture. The Holy Father opened his remarks with praise for the various institutions exploring and promoting research on adult stem cells. Adult stem cells hold great […]


Posted at: November 14th, 2011 - 10:18 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the Catholic Church is “anti-science” or against stem cell research. Actually, she is very much in favor of stem cell research, so long as tiny human beings are not created, used and destroyed in the process, and now she’s putting her money where her mouth is with regard […]


Posted at: November 9th, 2011 - 1:27 pm - Number of Comments » 0

When it comes to stem cell research, adult stem cells (ASC) have been outperforming their unethical, embryonic counterparts for years now. While embryonic stem cell (ESC) research only just last year began its very first trial on humans and is still trying to overcome issues with tumor formation and other harmful, deadly side-effects in animal […]


Posted at: October 21st, 2011 - 3:07 pm - Number of Comments » 9

Up to 40 percent of premature births are caused by a rupture in the membrane surrounding the foetus, causing labor. Babies born before 24 weeks have a poor chance of survival while later babies are at higher risk of birth complications. Previous attempts to treat this problem have not been successful, but some UK researchers […]


Posted at: September 22nd, 2011 - 10:53 pm - Number of Comments » 1

Ever since the process was discovered, pro-lifers have held up induced pluripotent stem cells – adult cells that have been reprogrammed back to an embryonic-like (pluripotent) state – as a great ethical alternative to creating, using and destroying human embryos to obtain embryonic stem cells. Even some ESCR proponents have abandoned their previous work with […]


Posted at: May 18th, 2011 - 11:48 am - Number of Comments » 0

Here’s another follow-up to a story I mentioned here a few years ago: Timothy Ray Brown tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but has now entered scientific journals as the first man in world history to have that HIV virus completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a “functional cure.” Brown was […]


Posted at: May 17th, 2011 - 8:42 am - Number of Comments » 0