Good Science Can Be Used for Very Bad Things

ChelseaAbortion, Disabled, Embryo Screening, Eugenics, Science2 Comments

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 prenatal test for autism, leading … Read More

NFP Works!

ChelseaContraception, Marriage, Natural Family Planning, Science, Women2 Comments

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” article dealing with NFP and … Read More

“Are You Crazy, Or Just Plain Stupid?”

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Mama says stupid is as stupid does. But stupid is as stupid says as well. Mexico’s former attorney general and human rights commission chairman says that early stage unborn children could really be chimpanzees: Dr. Jorge Carpizo McGregor claims that “for the topic of abortion, there are very important scientific advances that prove that the DNA of chimpanzees is 99 … Read More

Engaging in the “Embryonic Debate”

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Robert P. George & Christopher Tollefsen, who wrote the book, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, have a column on National Review answering a review of the book by William Saletan of Slate magazine. Having not read the review, I can only gather by this column that Saletan’s main point was that a human embryo is not yet a complete … Read More

Pope Confronts the “Difficult Problem of Bioethics”

ChelseaCloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, IVF, Religion, ScienceLeave a Comment

Pope Benedict has been very vocal lately on the subject of bioethics. Earlier this week he warned to the “seductive” powers of science: “In an age when scientific developments attract and seduce with the possibilities they offer, it’s more important than ever to educate our contemporaries’ consciences so that science does not become the criteria for goodness.” And recently he … Read More

Hands Off My Body!

ChelseaCloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Science, Scientists1 Comment

This pic goes well with the news that came out today about researchers in California who claim to have successfully cloned human embryos. So far no stem cells were derived from the embryos, but that is the idea for future cloned embryos. No one knows if those embryos were healthy enough to grow into babies. But the study leader, who … Read More

When Technical Progress Becomes a Threat

ChelseaAbortion, Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Euthanasia, Religion, Science3 Comments

I have been reading Pope Benedict’s latest encyclical, Spe Salvi, which I am surprisingly enjoying (I wasn’t sure if it would be too philosophical and intellectual for me – I have never read anything of his before). It is actually very reader friendly and insightful. At one point he is discussing the transformation of Christian faith-hope in the modern age … Read More

Keeping Up With the Cloners

ChelseaAdult Stem Cell Research, Cloning, iPSC Breakthrough, Science2 Comments

The dishonesty of the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures did not end with Amendment 2 and Wesley Smith has been doing an excellent job of keeping up with their lies and false accusations. See, More Lies from Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures and The Mendacity of Missouri Coalition for Life Saving Cures Lately the chairman of MCLC has been using … Read More

The Best of the Web this Week: Stem Cell Research

ChelseaAdult Stem Cell Research, Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Science, Stem Cell Research1 Comment

There were many good articles this week regarding the current state of stem cell research in light of the recent stem cell breakthrough and announcement by Dolly cloner Ian Willmut. Colleen Carroll Campbell: Breakthrough signals a path to ethical cures Charles Krauthammer: Stem Cell Vindication Ramesh Ponnuru: Sharon Begley on Stem Cells – exposing media hypocrisy on stem cell research … Read More

Cancer Free Children?

ChelseaDisabled, Embryo Screening, IVF, Right to Life, Science, SufferingLeave a Comment

In the UK, two couples, whose families have a history of breast cancer, will be the first to be assured that the children they have will never suffer from the ravages of that disease. This is because, after creating embryos through IVF, they will have each embryo tested for a defective BRCA1 gene, which raises the risk of cancer in … Read More