Friday, September 19, 2014

Woman is first to receive next-generation stem cells

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Woman is first to receive next-generation stem cells

A Japanese woman has become the first person to receive stem cells created from her own skin cells. Called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), these next-generation cells could offer the same regenerative potential as embryonic stem cells, according to Nature: The International Weekly Journal of Science.
The 70 year old patient was living with macular degeneration, an eye condition that can lead to blindness, when she agreed to take part in the surgery. Read more…

You have probably seen the pictures. The little arms and legs torn off, the little feet of the aborted babies. The pictures have been plastered on trucks, held above overpasses, shared onfacebook and other websites, and even towed over beaches by a plane.
They are some of the most powerful tools of the pro-life movement.
But there is still one nagging question. What about abortions that take place before the baby looks human? Is it still morally wrong to kill “it” when it only vaguely resembles a person? What about the very early stages when it is indistinguishable to the naked eye from the embryos of other creatures? Read more…
Sherri Shepherd, surrogacy and the commodification of childrenSherri Shepherd, host of “The View”, made waves earlier this year when news broke that her marriage had broken up. While the news of another celebrity marriage failing isn’t unusual, what made it so alarming to so many people was that Shepherd and her husband, Lamar Sally, had contracted a surrogate to carry a baby for them — and that followingShepherd’s decision to divorce her husband, she had also decided that she was going to have nothing to do with the baby.
People were understandably outraged, and as more news concerning this troubling situation breaks, it only gets more disturbing. Read more…
Miss America chairman: winner’s Planned Parenthood job makes her a role modelMany Americans were disheartened over the weekend when Miss America judges chose Kira Kazantsev (Miss New York) as the 2014 winner of the pageant. Kira’s red cup “talent” was considered a lack thereof by many viewers. But it is Kira’s history of working with Planned Parenthood that has angered many Americans, who feel she is an out-of-touch representative of this country in her new capacity as Miss America.
In response to the outcry over Kazantsev’s abortion business ties, the Chariman of the Miss America Organization, Sam Haskell, issued a statement glorifying Kazantsev’s position. Read more…
The birth defect that never was: the story of my son
On a midsummer’s night, he came rushing into the world – in all of his 9 pounds, 6 ounces of glory. When they laid him on my chest, he raised a big baby hand and thudded it down on me, somewhat reminiscent of a tiny wolf cub. Below our hospital room, a beautiful statue of Jesus with the children seemed to stand watch – reminding us where this precious boy came from and Who he would always belong to.
The next day, his pediatrician came to visit. She looked him over and declared him healthy – with one potential problem. A potentially big problem. She was concerned that he might have been born with a spinal cord defect that can be related to spina bifida and the tragic diagnosis of anencephaly. Read more…

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