Monthly Archives: November, 2017

NEJM Debates Repairing Human Germlines  Michael Cook  11-18-17 With the rapid advance in gene-editing technology, the time has come to consider how to ethical trials, according to an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine. Bryan Cwik, a philosopher at Portland State University, in Oregon, zeroes in on some unprecedented difficulties in designing trials of modifying the human […]

Deletion of a Stem Cell Factor Promotes Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery in Mice

Science Daily  UT Southwestern Medical Center  November 17, 2017 UT Southwestern molecular biologists today report the unexpected finding that selectively deleting a stem cell transcription factor in adult mice promotes recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines TBI as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that […]

Investigating Patterns of Degeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease

Science Daily  Brigham & Women’s Hospital  November 17, 2017 Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is known to cause memory loss and cognitive decline, but other functions of the brain can remain intact. The reasons cells in some brain regions degenerate while others are protected is largely unknown. In a paper to be published in Stem Cell Reports, researchers […]

The CRISPR revolution: Getting ahead of the ethical curve

CWR  Sister Renee Mirkes 9-25-17 If you’ve been following science headlines, you know that the CRISPR revolution is a real speedboat, clipping along at a breakneck pace. The aim of this essay is to equip this CRISPR ship with moral ballast before it runs afoul of ethical hazards (Part Two). To do that, we have […]

Ectogenesis: The End of the Abortion Debate?  by Xavier Symons | 28 Oct 2017 Ectogenesis, or the gestation of fetus in an environment ex utero, was once an idea confined to the realm of science fiction. But research involving the incubation of premature lambs in artificial gestation bags has made pundits think that fetal development ex utero may soon be possible. The possibility of […]