Deleting death

Transhumanism: Just because we can, does that mean we should?

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live on after we die, to freeze our bodies only to bring them back in the future, or to pop pills to enhance our mood and intelligence. While these may seem like impossible notions, these are the kinds of things the transhumanism and posthumanism movements are hoping for and … [Read more...]

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Brave new world beckons

The National Institutes of Health has announced its support for research of chimeras

The following comes from an August 5 Daily Signal article by David Prentice and Chuck Donovan: The National Institutes of Health has announced its support for expanded research into the development of chimeras, experimental genetic combinations of human beings and animals that, some experts say, may yield immense benefits in medical treatment and scientific knowledge. The … [Read more...]

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New legislative fight over human eggs

AB 2531 would allow research donors to be paid

The following comes from an July 31 Buzzfeed article by Azeen Ghorayshi and Cora Lewis: In California, women who donate their eggs to infertile couples are paid — and sometimes, paid lavishly. Not so if they want to donate their eggs to science. But a bill headed to the California state senate on Monday could change that. Sponsored by the American Society for Reproductive … [Read more...]

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Fracking and the Franciscans

Are arrangements based on self-interest and competition inherently destructive?

The following comes from a New York Times opinion piece by David Brooks: Pope Francis is one of the world’s most inspiring figures. There are passages in his new encyclical on the environment that beautifully place human beings within the seamless garment of life. And yet over all the encyclical is surprisingly disappointing. Hardest to accept, though, is the moral … [Read more...]

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Oops! stem cells weren’t from adults after all

Sports heroes' treatment was actually derived from brain of aborted baby

The following comes from a May 28 Christian News Wire article by Jennifer Kimball Watson: The San Diego-based biotech company, Stemedica Cell Technologies, recently received attention for providing the "adult" neural stem cells that treated two sports heroes, hockey legend Gordie Howe and football MVP John Brodie. But USA Today recently broke a story showing that the … [Read more...]

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Miracle baby

I wondered if this would work... or was it already too late?

The following comes from a May 9 story in the LA archdiocese's newspaper, The Angelus: This is my story about how I was given a light, a way and a chance that saved my son’s life. When I found out I was pregnant, I was fearful and uncertain. My friends asked, “Are you going to keep it?” Obviously, I had a choice. I had eight months to go before I graduated nursing … [Read more...]

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American capitalists not so popular in the Vatican

Pope’s top adviser blasts US climate change skeptics

The following comes from a May 12 The Hill article by Timothy Cama: Pope Francis’ closest adviser castigated conservative climate change skeptics in the United States Tuesday, blaming capitalism for their views. Speaking with journalists, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga criticized certain “movements” in the United States that have preemptively come out in opposition to … [Read more...]

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