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Science Writer Avoids The Point of My Media Stem Cell Bias Charge

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC At least he read the piece, but John Farrell wrote right past the point in attempting to rebut my recent Weekly Standard column about the media’s biased coverage of Geron’s abandonment of embryonic stem cell research. From “A Conservative Protest About Stem Cells and the […]

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Functional Liver Cells Made from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good news on the iPSC front. Scientists have created working liver cells from skin cells. From the MSNBC story: British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants. […]

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Human Cloning Research Breakthrough Is Unethical

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Washington Post headline is misleading: “Scientists Report Possibly Crucial Advance in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” In actuality, this is a potential advance in human cloning research.(Scientists have long known how to create ES cell lines from destroyed embryos.) The story, byline Rob Stein, […]

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Media Bias On Stem Cell/Cloning Debates Still Biased

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have written about the ubiquitous media bias in the stem cell/cloning debates so often that I feel like I am trying to empty the ocean with a cup. But it is worth noting that my Discover Institute colleague, David Klinghoffer, take a good swing […]

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Permits “Disease in a Dish” Research of Parkinson’s

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Another big breakthrough on the IPSC front: Skin cells from a patient with Parkinson’s — a variety caused by a genetic condition — have been turned into neural cells, and then studied as the Parkinson’s destroys the tissue. From the story: There are no cures […]

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Judging my 2010 Prognostications

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC It’s that time of year when the CBC asks me to look back on my annual predictions in the world of bioethics to see how I did. The answer? Quite well. In fact, I think it was my best year ever. Continue Reading at CBC-Network.org […]

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Dolly the Cloned Sheep Cloned

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Dolly the sheep has been cloned. There are now four “Dollies.” From the story: Named after country and western singer Dolly Parton, Dolly was created from a cell taken from a mammary gland. The rest of the sample of tissue has lain in a freezer […]

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CIRM to Try and Sucker Californians Into Letting It Borrow Even More Money

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When proponents of Proposition 71 shouted CURES! CURES! CURES in 2004, perhaps the people of California could be forgiven for believing them — what with all the hype going on at the time — and borrowing $3 billion to pay for research grants (which will […]

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The Power of Film to Tell Stories

CBC’s Jennifer Lahl and Wesley J. Smith are occasional writers for ToTheSource.org. Recently ToTheSource interviewed Jennifer. To The Source: How did you become interested in egg donation? What brought this to your attention? Jennifer Lahl: I became interested in it as a broader issue within the various reproductive technologies. I’ve been writing and speaking on […]

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Ethical Stem Cells Advancing!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Perhaps the worst things President Obama did when he rescinded President Bush’s ESCR funding policy, was that he also revoked a non controversial Bush order that required the NIH to give funding priority to finding sources of pluripotent stem cells that do not destroy embryos. […]

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Sneak Federal Funding for Cloning Attack

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC As promised, I have an extended article on the DeGette/Castle/Specter — two of three of which have been booted from their jobs already by voters — bills in Congress that would not only set Obama’s ESCR funding policy in statutory concrete, but also surreptitiously fund […]

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Specter’s Mendacity on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I cannot tell you how weary I am with the mendacity of so many pro embryonic stem cell research supporters, particularly those in government. Senator Arlen — he who will not be missed — Specter is one of the worst, and he is at it […]

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The Coming Battle Over the Dickey Amendment

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Dickey Amendment forbids federal funding of destructive embryo research. That is, it doesn’t prohibit the research, it just doesn’t permit the federal government to pay for it. Recently, President Obama’s ESCR funding policy was blocked by a federal judge because it violated Dickey. The […]

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Coming Attraction: Never Let Me Go

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager From the promotional materials: In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Now director Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO), […]

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Women as Commodities

By Chuck Colson, Founder, BreakPoint You’ve probably seen them—most of us have. Ads soliciting women to donate their eggs for in vitro fertilization are everywhere: in newspapers, on the Internet, on college campus bulletin boards. Most people don’t even think twice about it. An opportunity for young women to earn a little cash and do […]

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A Preventative Against Biological Colonialism

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Colonialism of nations is dead, but a new form of resource hegemony is a-borning. Rather than exploiting commodities such as copper deposits and timber forests, the new colonialism is biological, seeking to mine living human bodies. Thus, we see rich westerners buying kidneys from destitute […]

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Mediated to Death?

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Thomas de Zengotita’s Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It is an exploration of the way in which media, broadly construed (“arts and artifacts that represent, that communicate”), impact the way in which we perceive both the world and ourselves. The […]

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Ovarian stem cells in mice make eggs

Big breakthrough on created eggs out of ovarian stem cells in mice. If this translates to human applications, it could ease the egg donation worries, help infertile women but create new problems such as make mass creation of human embryos possible, open the floodgates of SCNT – cloning research, and also create more post-menopausal mothers. […]

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