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Mounting the Slippery Slope

I favor federal funding of stem-cell research, but now I am scared to death--of my allies. The case they (and I) have made is simple: stem cells, possessing in...

And What About The Science?

If President Bush hoped that his decision last week to permit limited federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research would quiet the ferocious debate...

Who Will Live Longest?

Here's a medical pop quiz: Frick and Frack are friends who sport matching spare tires around their waists. Frick goes to Weight Watchers and loses 30 lbs.; Frack...

Person of the Week: George W. Bush

Vacation or not, this week has been one of the most productive spin cycles of George W. Bush’s political career. Leaving Washington behind, the President’s...

Just Cloning Around

Anyone who scanned the headlines last week might be excused for thinking a long-feared biological Rubicon had been crossed. Newspapers across the country,...

Use the Body's Repair Kit

With the life expectancy of average Americans heading as high as 75 to 80 years, it is our responsibility to do everything possible to protect the quality of...

The Biological Mother Lode

For a fleeting time, a day or two at most, all things are possible for an extraordinary group of cells that form part of a newly created embryo. Known as...

Can I Grow A New Brain?

Long before neuroscientists took the first tentative steps toward brain-tissue transplants (let alone dared to think about whole-brain transplants), mischievous...

The Ward of Last Resort

This afternoon the kids in the pediatric isolation ward have come together for something called Cell Mates. Most are bald and towing IV trees behind them as they...

THE SPERM THAT NEVER DIES

Imagine a mouse impregnating a rat, a bull impregnating a horse, a deer impregnating an elephant. Imagine a man fathering a child--or 100 children--a century...

Brave New Babies

Even before Andrew Gobea was born, doctors knew his future would be clouded. Prenatal tests showed he had inherited a set of defective genes that would % leave...

Hold the Relish

True beef or not true beef? that is the question two volunteers masticating a burger in front of an invited audience in a London theater attempted to answer Aug...

New Drug May Be Best Treatment for Leukemia Yet

It's called ibrutinib, and it's a potential breakthrough in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that could leave patients with fewer side effects than...