Silicon Valley’s latest craze: immortality

Libertarian candidate for governor says he would divert trillions of dollars into life-extending technologies in the hope that Californians will eventually be able to upload their consciousness to the Cloud and experience digital eternity

Zoltan Istvan is launching his campaign to become Libertarian governor of the American state of California with two signature policies. First, he’ll eliminate poverty with a universal basic income that will guarantee US$5,000 per month for every Californian household for ever. (He’ll do this without raising taxes, he promises.) The next item in his in-tray is eliminating … [Read more...]

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Scientists edit mutation from genes in human embryos

Renewed concerns over designer babies

Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday. The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it raises the prospect that gene editing may one day protect babies from a variety … [Read more...]

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Neurologist: Jahi McMath is alive

In sworn affidavit, Dr. Alan Shewmon tells court that videos demonstrate that girl declared dead three years ago is alive and her condition is improving

It’s been more than three years since 13-year-old Jahi McMath was declared dead after something went terribly wrong following throat surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Her family has never accepted the declaration and has kept her on life support ever since — and in a new twist, a prominent neurologist says recent videos of the girl show she is alive, with a partially … [Read more...]

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Did UCLA doctors hasten boy’s death to harvest his organs?

Homicide detectives are looking into an allegation by a coroner’s investigator that anesthesiologist gave 8-year-old drowning victim a fatal dose of the opioid fentany

By the time Cole Hartman arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, he was in grave condition. The 8-year-old had gone into cardiac arrest after nearly drowning in a washing machine at his Castaic home. Paramedics had gotten his heart beating again, but he remained in a coma and on a ventilator. Physicians at UCLA’s pediatric intensive care unit told Cole’s family that the … [Read more...]

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California Institute for Regenerative Medicine needs more money

About 20 percent of the original $3 billion remains and talk is that the CIRM may ask for $5 billion more from the General Fund

With questionable accountability and therapy records, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) will likely soon be coming back to California coffers for another bankroll. One California lawmaker thinks the taxpayers should have a say in that. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) proposed that refunding CIRM, which sponsors research on embryonic and other stem cell … [Read more...]

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What they don’t want you to see

Latest from Center for Medical Progress showed grisly reality of ripping apart fetuses, disappears from YouTube hours after being posted

Yesterday evening, the Center for Medical Progress undercover footage — recorded at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation conventions — was removed from YouTube, supposedly for a violation of the site’s Terms of Service agreement. A few hours later, news emerged that Judge William Orrick — the California district judge who granted NAF and Planned Parenthood’s request … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: No research justifies destruction of human embryos

Meeting a group of people suffering from Huntington's Disease, Pope Francis told them that despite their illness, they are “precious in the eyes of God”

Meeting a group of people suffering from a rare disease, Pope Francis told them that despite their illness, they are “precious in the eyes of God” and in the eyes of the Church. Addressing the scientists present in the room, he also said that no research justifies the destruction of human embryos. “In many cases, the sick and their families have experienced the tragedy of … [Read more...]

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