Monthly Archives: July 2011

Stem Cell Victory

Good news on the stem cell front, a US judge has finally ruled that federal funding for research with human embryonic stem cells (hESC) is legal. Two scientists, of all people, had sued on the grounds that funding the research … Continue reading

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First Stem-Cell-Organ Transplant

Well, it’s just a tooth, but a tooth is actually a complex organ and it is an exciting first for scientists to have implanted a tooth made from stem cells into a mouse, where it integrated, survived and functioned pretty … Continue reading

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Out of their Own Mouths

An interesting article on the religious and supernatural implications of the Harry Potter series from eSkeptic reports this concerning witchcraft: Other Protestant critics have been even less forgiving; a woman in the documentary film Jesus Camp said, “Had it been … Continue reading

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Vaccine Wars

The Vaccine War was played on SBS2 last night: Public health scientists and clinicians tout vaccines as one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But for many, vaccines have become controversial. Young parents in America are concerned at the … Continue reading

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A Germ’s Genome in 2 Hours

Scientists in Asia and Europe used the Ion PGM™ sequencer to determine the strain of the deadly German E. coli bacterium, sequencing its whole genome in only 2 hours and developing and delivering screening tests in 5 days. Back in the … Continue reading

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Lifewatch: Gene Editing

One of the problems with curing genetic diseases by genetic engineering is that the easiest method is randomly inserting the correct gene. But then you not only don’t take advantage of the natural gene function regulators, but you run the … Continue reading

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