During a recent appearance on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, talk show host and former news anchor Katie Couric made the following comment: “I was at a scientific conference at the Vatican a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was actually very progressive of the Catholic Church to want to understand science…” In a previous episode of BioTalk, … 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
Victory for Women in California
On Tuesday Governor Jerry Brown of California surprisingly vetoed a bill that would have permitted biotech companies to buy eggs from women for scientific research. The Center for Bioethics and Culture released the following statement: We applaud California Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership in vetoing AB 926 yesterday. This bill would have allowed women in California to be paid … Read More
Geron’s Dfunct Stem Cell Program Given New Life
It was a major pro-life victory. Nearly two years ago one of the largest biotech companies in the United States ended the first human trials for a treatment using cells derived from human embryos. Not only that, but they got out of the ESC research business entirely. Unfortunately, now it seems Geron’s ESCR program has been given new life. Last … Read More
A Little Stem Cell Research 101
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 there are quite a few … Read More
Pope Benedict: Science Must Never Compromise Human Dignity
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 possibilities healing chronic degenerative illnesses … Read More
Possible Stem Cell Treatment for the Unborn!
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 are hoping that they’ve finally … Read More
Why Do I Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research?
Tonight’s the big night! I don’t think I’ll ruin the show for you by sharing this. I recorded a voice over for the video I shot for EWTN of me getting in and out of the car. I didn’t put it together with the video myself, though it should be together on the show tonight. But if you want a … Read More
Pope Appoints ESCR/Cloning Supporter *Updated
This was not a welcome sight this morning: Pope Benedict XVI has appointed two prominent scientists to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Edward M. De Robertis, a chemical biology professor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. Collins was a leader … Read More
Stem Cell Documentary and Panel Discussion Airs Tonight Online!
At 7 p.m. Central time tonight (Sept. 1) Total Living Network will air the stem cell documentary Lines That Divide with a stem cell discussion/debate to follow. Tune in at this link. h/t Wesley Smith