Category Archives: Stem cell research

Cracking the Code of Life

The glass is half full, but any of the controversial sciences like genetics or stem cells have not yet been poured into the glass.  The economical and cultural states of our country reflect the simple fact that, as a people, we are not ready for this medical revolution, and PBS uses key scenes to warn […] Continue reading

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Blood Work, Chimeras and the Practice of Science

Ethical controversy over science is nothing new: in this post, Erin Pellarin compares the modern-day controversy over human stem-cells being placed in animal embryos to the controversy in 1667 over blood transfusions from one species to another. The main concern is always over the faint line between human and animal; at what point does this […] Continue reading

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This is It

I’m in the midst of E. O. Wilson’s Consilience: the Unity of Knowledge, preparing for my long-procrastinated research paper, when I stumble across the following passage Wilson quotes from Nicolas de Condorcet (a French 18th century Enlightenment philosopher): “‘How consoling for the philosopher who laments the errors, the crimes, the injustices which still pollute the […] Continue reading

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