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Recently, Google launched a company that will be focused on finding the root cause of various diseases and conditions. But Calico has even greater ambitions than just treating human illnesses. The project also wants to address genetic causes of aging, and perhaps even “solve death.” CNN reports: Calico — or the California Life Company — […]


Posted at: November 7th, 2013 - 7:02 pm - Comments Off

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 - Comments Off

Fr. Robert Barron is a master movie reviewer. Here he comments on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, embryonic stem cell research and the danger of consequentialist reasoning:


Posted at: September 1st, 2011 - 10:14 pm - Number of Comments » 1

Alright! I finally got around to reading this entire feature in Nature about cellular physiologist Theresa Deisher…and this woman is my new hero. She used to be “very left-wing,” especially when it came to life issues, but now Deisher is an “adamant right-to-lifer” fighting against embryonic stem cell research…in court! First, her mind was changed […]


Posted at: February 26th, 2011 - 1:27 am - Number of Comments » 1

Two of my very favorite bloggers, Rebecca Taylor and Wesley Smith, masterfully take on “scientism” and the claims of “atheist crusader” Sam Harris’s new book, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values based on this early review from Kwame Anthony Appiah in the NY Times: Smith’s post: Science Cannot Teach Us Right From […]


Posted at: October 6th, 2010 - 10:57 pm - Comments Off

Yuval Levin posted at the Corner: If you haven’t read Shannen Coffin’s piece on Elena Kagan and the partial-birth-abortion debate today, you really should. What he describes, based on newly released Clinton White House memos, is absolutely astonishing. … What’s described in these memos is easily the most serious and flagrant violation of the boundary […]


Posted at: June 30th, 2010 - 6:51 am - Comments Off

Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute have developed the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA: The researchers copied an existing bacterial genome. They sequenced its genetic code and then used “synthesis machines” to chemically construct a copy. Dr. Venter told BBC News: “We’ve now been able to take our synthetic […]


Posted at: May 24th, 2010 - 9:36 pm - Number of Comments » 1

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


Posted at: September 1st, 2009 - 1:28 pm - Number of Comments » 2

The good news: scientists have found a genetic variant that may be associated with autism. The bad news: good science can be used for very bad things, as Ari Ne’e-man, who has Asperger Syndrome, explains in this Newsweek interview (h/t Mary Meets Dolly): But the new genetic advances concern Ne’eman…His ultimate fear is this: a […]


Posted at: May 21st, 2009 - 3:44 pm - Number of Comments » 2

After seeing this post on natural family planning that I did yesterday (well, almost early this morning) my good friend Meredith offered this comment: Yes I can attest it WORKS! How many years and doctors did I go to Chelsea before opening the Catholic Missourian one day and seeing “Our Lady Queen of Peace Center” […]


Posted at: May 23rd, 2008 - 10:07 pm - Number of Comments » 2