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Creationism as cultural deprivation

One of Britain’s leading scientists has had enough: Britain risks “sleepwalking into a future shaped by extremists” unless academics make their voices more clearly heard, the country’s most senior scientist warned today. Lord Rees, the president of the Royal Society,...


More on stem cells

Science—unlike religion—is all about progress: Scientists for the first time have turned ordinary skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells – without having to use human eggs or make new human embryos in the process, as has...


Intended consequences

The reality for embryonic stem-cell research, via Technology Review: On August 9, 2001, Mathew “Willy” Lensch sat with his wife in their Oregon living room and watched President George W. Bush speak to the nation. Millions of Americans had their...


Violating stem cell research

More insanity from the caring, compassionate religious right: A national anti-abortion group yesterday served the administrators of California’s stem cell institute with a federal lawsuit seeking to stop their work on the grounds that the civil rights of frozen embryos...


Softer cell

This could turn the embryonic stem-cell debate on its head: Scientists looking for less controversial alternatives to stem cells from human embryos yesterday said they had found a potential source in placentas saved during childbirth. Stem cells - which can...


Jeb Bush, scientist and humanitarian

More scientifically sound thinking from the Bush baby: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he opposes human embryonic stem cell research because it requires the destruction of days-old embryos. Embryonic stem cells form during the early days...


Overriding Romney

A rare vote for progress: BOSTON — The Legislature yesterday swiftly overturned Gov. Mitt Romney's veto and approved a bill designed to propel Massachusetts to the forefront of embryonic stem-cell research. The bill immediately became law over Romney's objections, after...


Life-threatening

Now that the House has voted to lift limits on embryonic stem cell research, Bush is of course waving his theocratic veto: Bush called the bill a mistake and said he would veto it. The House approved it by a...