Keyword: biotechnology

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  • Scientists discover ultimate ‘cure-all’ (Cures baldness, gum disease, stretch marks...)

    05/04/2005 10:36:21 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 25 replies · 2,502+ views
    UK Times ^ | May 2, 2005 | Correspondent
    A TREATMENT for balding men, women with stretchmarks and anyone who has gum disease may have been discovered by scientists. As cure-alls go, an injection of fibroblasts may be the ultimate. The new technology is being developing by Isolagen, a Texas-based biotech company, and 50 patients are to undergo clincial trials in London. Fibroblasts are tiny cells that control levels of the proteins collagen and elastin, which are found in skin, bones and other tissue. To treat burns, the scientists take cells from an undamaged area, extract the fibroblasts and multiply them in the laboratory before injecting them back into...
  • Genetic mingling mixes human, animal cells

    04/30/2005 9:34:28 AM PDT · by beaelysium · 3 replies · 699+ views ^ | Fri, Apr. 29, 2005 | PAUL ELIAS
    Fri, Apr. 29, 2005BusinessweekGenetic mingling mixes human, animal cells The Associated Press /RENO, Nev. By PAUL ELIAS AP Biotechnology Writer   RENO, Nev. - On a farm about six miles outside this gambling town, Jason Chamberlain looks over a flock of about 50 smelly sheep, many of them possessing partially human livers, hearts, brains and other organs.
  • Brazil Passes Law Allowing Crops With Modified Genes (& human embryonic stem cells research)

    03/03/2005 10:48:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 389+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2005 | TODD BENSON
    SÃO PAULO, Brazil, March 3 - In a significant victory for large biotechnology companies like Monsanto, Brazil's lower house of Congress has overwhelmingly approved legislation paving the way for the legalization of genetically modified crops. After months of delays and heated debate, legislators passed a biotechnology law late Wednesday night by a vote of 352 to 60. The bill had pitted farmers and scientists against environmental and religious groups. Besides lifting a longstanding ban on the sale and planting of gene-altered seeds, the legislation also clears the way for research involving human embryonic stem cells that have been frozen for...
  • Book Review: "Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World",by Wesley J. Smith

    02/24/2005 9:15:11 PM PST · by Stoat · 1 replies · 489+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | February 23, 2005 | Travis D. Smith
    Race to the Finish Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World, by Wesley J. Smith By Travis D. Smith Wesley J. Smith excels at making complicated and controversial biotechnologies easier to understand while exposing the tricks and rationalizations that are oftentimes used to advance them. His latest book offers an inventory of the interested parties in these matters, from ethicists to ideologues and cult leaders, to scientists, celebrities, politicians, and businessmen. But the most essential and durable part of Smith's book is the author's uncompromising yet carefully considered arguments, which will hold, while various procedures, and those devoted to...
  • Human "Embryonic" stem cells trigger immune attack, may be useless for therapeutic applications

    01/24/2005 8:24:51 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies · 3,370+ views
    Nature ^ | 01.24.05
    Human stem cells trigger immune attackJessica Ebert Doubt cast on therapeutic use of embryonic cell lines. Exposure to molecules from animals might have made human stem cells unacceptable.© ANDREW LEONARD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Most human embryonic stem-cell lines, including those available to federally funded researchers in the United States, may be useless for therapeutic applications. The body's immune defences would probably attack the cells, say US researchers. When embryonic stem cells are added to serum from human blood, antibodies stick to the cells. This suggests the cells are seen as foreign, and that transplanting them into the body would...
  • S Korea approves cloning research

    01/12/2005 12:07:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 384+ views
    AsiaNews ^ | 12 January, 2005
    Seoul (AsiaNews/Agencies) - South Korea gave official government backing on Wednesday to ground-breaking research that produced the world’s first cloned human embryos. The health and welfare ministry said a research team led by Hwang Woo-Seok, a Seoul National University professor, has been officially registered as a state institute and its research approved. “Professor Hwang Woo-Seok’s team will now be able to step up its research on stem cells under the government’s management system,” the ministry said in a statement. In February 2004, Professor Hwang’s cutting edge research produced the first cloned human embryos to generate stem cells for therapeutic purposes....
  • Facing Biotech Foods Without the Fear Factor

    01/11/2005 9:00:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 2,218+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 11, 2005 | JANE E. BRODY
    Almost everywhere food is sold these days, you are likely to find products claiming to contain no genetically modified substances. But unless you are buying wild mushrooms, game, berries or fish, that statement is untrue. Nearly every food we eat has been genetically modified, through centuries of crosses, both within and between species, and for most of the last century through mutations induced by bombarding seeds with chemicals or radiation. In each of these techniques, dozens, hundreds, even thousands of genes of unknown function are transferred or modified to produce new food varieties. Most so-called organic foods are no exception....
  • Pew's parallel universe

    01/06/2005 12:39:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 488+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 6, 2005 | Henry I. Miller
    The Washington Times Pew's parallel universeBy Henry I. MillerPublished January 6, 2005 The "new biotechnology," or gene-splicing, applied to agriculture and food production is here to stay. More than 80 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves soft drinks, preserves, mayonnaise, salad dressings include ingredients from gene-spliced plants, and Americans have safely consumed more than a trillion servings of these foods.     But opposition continues to genetically improving plants by use of these precise and predictable techniques, largely due to a drumbeat of misrepresentations by antibiotechnology activists.     Some of these radicals, like Greenpeace, make no secret they intend to...
  • The Cuban Biotech Revolution

    01/03/2005 6:19:54 PM PST · by Calpernia · 13 replies · 677+ views
    Havana Journal ^ | December 2004 | By Douglas Starr
    The end of the cold war was cruel to Cuba. The country's trading partners, denied Soviet largesse, dried up. Hard cash ran low. What food the country could grow languished in the fields; trucks didn't have enough gasoline to bring the crops to market. And of course there was the US embargo. What Cubans call "the Special Period" produced one notable success: pharmaceuticals. In the wake of the Soviet collapse, Cuba got so good at making knockoff drugs that a thriving industry took hold. Today the country is the largest medicine exporter in Latin America and has more than 50...
  • Big names back stem-cell plan (WA)

    12/20/2004 5:35:59 PM PST · by transhumanist · 5 replies · 216+ views
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | 12/17/04 | Greg Lamm
    A group of prominent scientists, researchers and doctors is teaming up to push for a state law permitting embryonic stem-cell research in Washington. The effort, fueled by concerns that other states are poised to drain away top people and funding from the region's research institutions and biotechnology companies, aims to keep local researchers competitive in a science that many believe will yield cures for diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. "We don't want Washington state to be left behind on stem-cell research by default," said state Rep. Shay Schual-Berke (D-Normandy Park), who intends to be a lead sponsor for...
  • Cuban Biotech, Construction projects in Vietnam

    12/19/2004 9:13:08 PM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Via NY Transfer News Collective ^ | Fri Dec 17, 2004 10:35 pm | Prensa Latina, Havana
    Cuba Helps Vietnam Road Development Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khi opened Friday construction works at the 38-mile Ho Chi Minh-Trung Luong highway, in which Cuban experts have played a pivotal role. The road is part of a wider driveway that links different spots of the huge southern Can Tho, administrative center of the Mekong-river delta provinces. It is the first highway in Vietnam, with eight 3.75-yard lanes and two others devoted to emergencies, expected to be finished in 2007. This project is a property of MTA (My Thuan's Administration), while...
  • Suckers for 'Science'(How to talk California taxpayers out of $3 billion.)

    11/16/2004 11:27:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 580+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/15/2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION 71 in California (the Stem Cell Research and Cures Act) was an acute case of electoral folly. As Californians plunged headlong into a $6 billion quagmire of debt in a quixotic quest for "miracle cures" from human cloning and embryonic stem cells, they simultaneously rejected Prop. 67, an initiative that would have added a modest tax to phone bills to keep the state's endangered emergency rooms and trauma centers from shutting down. This is a remarkable and disconcerting development. It wasn't long ago that California's trauma centers were the pride of the state and a model...
  • Biotechnology : Norman Borlaug's Legacy

    09/02/2004 1:49:13 PM PDT · by BattleFlag · 2 replies · 233+ views
    The Center for Consumer Freedom ^ | Sep 2, 2004 | The Center for Consumer Freedom
    The clamor over genetically enhanced crops has reached a fevered pitch in France. In the last few months, a group of neo-luddite radicals have crisscrossed the countryside razing fields and sowing baseless paranoia. In one evening alone, more than 1,500 people -- led by anti-globalization militant Jose Bove -- tore the crops out by their roots as police stood by and watched. "For us," Bove has exclaimed, "this combat will not stop."
  • California's Other Senator, Jon Corzine wants to help CA lure biotech cloning companies away from NJ

    08/29/2004 9:00:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 625+ views
    Weekley Standard ^ | 08.27.04 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    MY STATE of California now has three United States senators. No, we weren't granted increased representation because we are the biggest state. Rather, New Jersey Democratic senator Jon Corzine just tried to boost California's biotech sector by personally donating $100,000 to help pass Proposition 71, an initiative on the November ballot that would force Californians to borrow $3 billion over 10 years to pay biotech companies and their university business partners to conduct mass experiments in human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.Proposition 71's supporters claim that since only in-state companies will be eligible to pick fruit off the public...
  • Are we still evolving?

    07/10/2004 7:06:11 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 117 replies · 2,483+ views
    Prospect (UK) ^ | July, 2004 | Gabrielle Walker
    Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection struck a body-blow to human hubris. We were not, after all, an elevated species, untainted by the vagaries of nature. Instead, we had obtained our exalted powers in the same manner as all other living things - through fortuitous evolutionary adaptations to a natural world characterised by what Darwin called "blind, pitiless indifference". Natural selection works on us because millions of random mutations occur in our genetic blueprint between one generation and the next. Suppose one of those gives rise to a trait that enhances your capacity to survive some environmental hazard; you live...
  • Studies Find Biotechnology Anemia Drug Shows Promise in Treating Several Diseases

    07/08/2004 11:27:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 408+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 9, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Amgen's anemia drug, the best-selling product developed so far by the biotechnology industry, might have broad new uses, recent studies have found. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that in addition to bolstering the body's red blood cells, the drug, EPO, is present in the central nervous system and acts to protect cells and tissues from damage and death. That could make it useful as a treatment for strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and many other ailments. Testing in humans is in very early stages. A small study by academic scientists in Germany found that EPO, when given within...
  • Bush Opposes Using Embryos for Research [Laura Bush opposes this too?]

    06/09/2004 6:48:37 AM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 19 replies · 575+ views
    AP ^ | 6/09/04 | AP
    Today: June 09, 2004 at 5:46:55 PDT Bush Opposes Using Embryos for ResearchASSOCIATED PRESS SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Ronald Reagan's death from complications of Alzheimer's disease has not changed President Bush's stand against using embryos for stem-cell research, Laura Bush said Wednesday. Former first lady Nancy Reagan and others believe the use of stem cells from embryos could lead to cures for such illnesses as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Bush's executive order in August 2001, however, limited federal research funding for stem cell research to 78 embryonic stem cell lines then in existence. "We need to balance the interest in...
  • Innovators for Bush

    05/18/2004 2:16:19 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 288+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | May 18, 2004
          Michael DellChairman and CEO, Dell, Inc. Meg WhitmanPresident & CEO, eBay, Inc. Craig McCawChairman & Co-CEO, Teledesic Mark HurdPresident and CEO, NCR Corporation John ChambersCEO & President, Cisco Systems Jim BarksdalePresident & CEO, Barksdale Management Carol BartzChairman of the Board & CEO, Autodesk Leaders in Technology, Telecommunications and Biotechnology Launch Innovators for Bush-CheneyDell, Whitman, McCaw, Bartz Chambers, Barksdale and More Announce Support for President Bush and Vice President CheneyArlington, VA – Today, some of the nation’s top leaders in technology, telecommunications and biotechnology announced in a web video their endorsement of President Bush. The web video...
  • Sea of dreams

    05/04/2004 4:00:30 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 1 replies · 220+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 29th 2004
    Biotechnology Sea of dreams BBSR Apr 29th 2004 | ORLANDO From The Economist print edition Genetically modified microbes will lead to a revolution in industrial biotechnology CRAIG VENTER, the man who led the privately funded project to sequence the human genome, is someone who likes to mix business with pleasure. And for a geneticist whose passion is sailing, there can be few more satisfying ways of doing so than sampling genes in the Sargasso sea, near Bermuda. The samples he took there last year yielded a surprise. The sea had looked as though it was the oceanic equivalent of a...
  • Bush's Science Aide Rejects Claims of Distorted Facts

    04/02/2004 11:54:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 450+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2004 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    April 3, 2004 Bush's Science Aide Rejects Claims of Distorted FactsBy ANDREW C. REVKIN he White House issued a detailed rebuttal yesterday to accusations by an advocacy group and 60 prominent scientists that the Bush administration had distorted or suppressed scientific information to suit its politics. In a letter to Congress, which had requested a White House response, Dr. John H. Marburger III, science adviser to President Bush, said most of the accusations were false and in some cases "preposterous." In February, the advocacy group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, which has long criticized administration policies on issues like...
  • Harvard Starts Its Own Controversial Cell Batch (Pro-Life Alert!)

    03/03/2004 10:05:47 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 187+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 3/3/2004 | Maggie Fox
    Harvard Starts Its Own Controversial Cell Batch By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent Scientists at Harvard University announced on Wednesday they had created 17 batches of stem cells from human embryos, in defiance of attempts by President Bush to limit such research. Bush has forbidden the use of federal funds to manipulate human embryos and limited scientific research to a few existing batches of cells taken from fertility clinic leftovers. But scientists have complained this limits a promising field of biological research and medicine based on the potential of the cells, which theoretically can be directed to form any...
  • Race only skin deep - S.J. STUDENTS DISCOVER GENETIC LINK

    02/09/2004 1:09:47 PM PST · by CobaltBlue · 334 replies · 748+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Mon, Feb. 09, 2004 | Katherine Corcoran
    <p>More than half of the class at San Jose's Piedmont Hills High School, students from numerous racial and ethnic backgrounds, are linked in their DNA to the same ancestor, born more than 100,000 years ago in central China or Taiwan.</p>
  • Battle for Biotech Progress

    02/02/2004 6:26:17 AM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 90+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | March 2004 | Patrick Moore
    I was raised in the tiny fishing and logging village of Winter Harbour on the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, where salmon spawned in the streams of the adjoining Pacific rainforest. In school I discovered ecology, and realized that through science I could gain insight into the natural beauties I had known as a child. In the late 1960s I was transformed into a radical environmental activist. A rag-tag group of activists and I sailed a leaky old halibut boat across the North Pacific to block the last hydrogen bomb tests under President Nixon. In the process I co-founded Greenpeace....
  • No Foolproof Way Is Seen to Contain Altered Genes

    01/21/2004 8:21:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 211+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 21, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    A new report commissioned by the government suggests that it will be difficult to completely prevent genetically engineered plants and animals from having unintended environmental and public health effects. The report, released yesterday by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, says that while there are many techniques being developed to prevent genetically engineered organisms or their genes from escaping into the wild, most techniques are still in early development and none appear to be completely effective. "One of our big messages throughout the whole report is that there are very few bioconfinement methods that are well...
  • Suit Seeks to Block Sales of GloFish (LUDDITE ALERT)

    01/15/2004 9:48:10 AM PST · by RightWingAtheist · 8 replies · 176+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Wed, Jan 14 2004 | Don Thompson (AP)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two public interest groups that want to block sales of fluorescent zebra fish — the nation's first biotech household pet — sued the federal government Wednesday. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to order the Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) and the Department of Health and Human Services (news - web sites) to halt sales of the trademarked GloFish until the government regulates the genetically modified animal. The normally black-and-silver zebra fish glow bright red under black or ultraviolet light thanks to a gene transplanted from a sea anemone. Sales of the Florida-grown fish...
  • Technology moves faster than regulators

    12/29/2003 8:46:10 AM PST · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 202+ views
    USA Today ^ | 12/28/2003 | Michael Rodemeyer
    <p>Pet stores across most of America are set to begin selling a transgenic — or genetically modified — fish capable of lighting up fish tanks with its ability to glow in the dark. The GloFish, as it is called, is a tropical zebra fish containing a gene from a sea coral that makes the fish bright red under normal light and fluorescent under ultraviolet light. The GloFish is making history by being the first transgenic pet sold to consumers in the United States. From many accounts, the GloFish sound harmless; they're just like their conventional cousins with some new genes that make them glow in the dark.</p>
  • Yes . . . we still have bananas

    09/07/2003 11:30:38 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 181+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, September 8, 2003 | By Michael Fumento
    <p>The media often go bananas over a sensational topic, but this time they literally did so. "Yes, we'll have no bananas: A fungal disease could make the tasty fruit extinct within 10 years," one newspaper exclaimed. "Bananas in crisis: We unpeel the truth," declared one punny headline, while another detailed: "Why bananas are fighting to save their skins."</p>
  • Scientists at TSRI create new strain of yeast with 21-amino acid genetic code

    08/15/2003 1:30:50 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 9 replies · 291+ views
    Scripps Research Institute=>Science ^ | 14-Aug-2003 | Jason Bardi
    A new tool for biology and medicine Henry Ford revolutionized personal transportation by introducing an unusual car design onto the auto market and by embracing factory mass production of his "Tin Lizzie." Now a team of investigators at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and its Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology in La Jolla, California is introducing revolutionary changes into the genetic code of organisms like yeast that allow these cellular factories to mass produce proteins with unnatural amino acids. Led by Professor Peter G. Schultz, Ph.D., who holds the Scripps Family Chair in Chemistry at TSRI, the team is reporting...
  • Foetal tissue for overseas sale: Company's secret plan to use aborted baby tissue for experiments

    06/11/2003 11:03:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 205+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 10jun03 | TONY WALL
    A SYDNEY company is involved in a secret plan to collect tissue from aborted babies and export it for medical experiments The sensitive proposal, to harvest some of the 90,000 foetuses aborted in Australia each year has been condemned by pro-life groups for fostering an international trade in human body parts. The Daily Telegraph has established that a Dutch bio-tech company, Crucell, working through a Sydney contract research organisation, Parexel International, has applied to the ethics committee of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide for access to foetal material. It is believed to be the first proposed commercial collection of foetuses...
  • U.S. Challenges European Ban on Gene-Altered Food

    05/13/2003 2:06:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 136+ views
    Business Week ^ | May 13, 2003
    <p>The U.S. will challenge a European ban on genetically altered food at the World Trade Organization, raising the stakes in a dispute that U.S. farmers say has cost them $1 billion.</p> <p>The U.S., joined by Canada, Argentina and Egypt, filed a case at the WTO against a European Union moratorium on new approvals of the food that was imposed in 1998 out of concern over health risks. The U.S. says there's no evidence that the crops, which resist pests and disease, are harmful to consumers.</p>
  • When Clones Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Clones

    04/24/2003 12:24:35 PM PDT · by J. Neil Schulman · 146 replies · 1,016+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | April 24, 2003 | J. Neil Schulman
    I’ve written for The Twilight Zone. Let me take you there. It’s yearbook photo day for Springfield Junior High’s class of 2025. Jason’s been avoiding getting his picture taken. His teacher wonders why until she looks in a yearbook from a generation ago and finds a photo of a student who looks identical to Jason. A mandatory reporter, Jason’s teacher phones authorities. They investigate, arrest Jason’s father for violation of the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003, and place Jason in a foster home. This law isn’t science fiction. H.R. 534 has already been passed by the United States House...
  • Cutting-edge biotech in old-world Cuba

    04/20/2003 1:32:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 334+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 17, 2003 | Chen May Yee
    HAVANA - This crumbling, isolated throwback to a cold-war past is probably one of the last places you'd expect to find the sciences of the future. In Old Havana, wood-paneled pharmacies with crystal chandeliers and empty shelves attract more gawking tourists these days than customers. Food is so scarce that the government urges citizens to grow fruit and vegetables in small urban plots to supplement their diet. Yet this struggling island nation is chipping away at a longtime US embargo with an unlikely tool: biotechnology. More than three years ago, Smith-Kline Beecham PLC - a charter member of the capitalist...
  • AMA decries ‘lies’ vs biotech

    03/11/2003 7:30:16 AM PST · by ZGuy · 144+ views
    Philippine Star ^ | March 09, 2003
    The American Medical Association (AMA) has accused opponents of biotechnology and genetically modified food and plant products of capitalizing on public ignorance in the latter’s campaign to discredit the said products. The AMA is on a direct collision course with the British Medical Association (BMA) in the global debate on biotechnology and GMOs. The BMA has warned of possible risks from the use of these products. In a position paper, the AMA said "opponents of GM food understand that diminished understanding and lack of knowledge is the key to obstructing biotechnology." The group lamented the results of a survey in...
  • Bush Backs Away From Biotech Battle (France/Germany Milking Iraq Support for All It's Worth?)

    02/07/2003 6:48:17 AM PST · by hispanarepublicana · 2 replies · 140+ views ^ | 2/5/2003 | Edited by Willie Vogt
    Bush Backs Away from Biotech Battle2/5/2003, Edited by Willie Vogt, E-Content Director, Farm Progress On the fight for approvals over biotech foods the Bush administration has blinked...for now. The New York Times is reporting on its Web site that with war looming in Iraq the administration has decided against antagonizing the European Union for its ban on biotech food. The story quotes an unidentified "senior White House official" who says there's no point in testing Europeans on food while "they are being tested on Iraq." The U.S. Trade Representative's office has been mulling over action against the EU for its...
  • Aliens in America: The Strange Truth about Our Souls

    12/06/2002 7:22:03 AM PST · by Valin · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Does human history have a future? In his latest work, Aliens in America, political philosopher Peter Augustine Lawler argues that the advent of the new biotechnology—cloning, gene therapy, Prozac, Ritalin, and the like—means that we must consider anew the possibility that Americans are lving near the end of history, a time when full equality will be achieved through the elimination of al that is distinctively human about us: the ability to passionately love and hate, to strive nobly for truth and wisdom, to search for God. For the elimination of human distinctiveness is now being systematically pursued through the biochemical...
  • American Moral Leadership in the Other War (the real Clone Wars, 2002)

    10/01/2002 11:26:04 PM PDT · by Sabertooth · 13 replies · 146+ views
    BreakPoint Online ^ | October 1st, 2002 | Nigel M. de S. Cameron
    American Moral Leadership in the Other War By Nigel M. de S. Cameron The U.S. Call for a Comprehensive Cloning Ban at the United Nations As Senator Daschle's promise of a free and fair Senate vote on the Brownback-Landrieu bill to ban all human cloning (S. 1899) has now evaporated, and the November election fills the political horizon, it's time to reflect on the international dimension of the debate. It is plain that we do not engage this discussion in a vacuum. The cloning technology was developed in the United Kingdom. The main proponents of the cloning of live-born...
  • Seed research fears grow

    09/01/2002 10:53:17 AM PDT · by Vidalia · 2 replies · 218+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Sunday, September 1, 2002 | John Duchemin
    <p>The global debate over the future of food has come to Hawai'i in the form of a brewing battle on the Neighbor Islands between agricultural companies performing genetic research on crops and activists who say genetically altered foods could hurt people and the environment.</p>
  • Trials of pleasing your dinner guests

    08/19/2002 6:13:03 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 25 replies · 264+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | August 19, 2002 | Stephen Lautens
    It used to be that all you had to do was call up a few friends, put out some food and booze, and let the good times roll. Now throwing a simple dinner party has become more complicated than a meeting of the UN Security Council. Setting a menu that will appeal to more than three people is pretty much impossible. First of all, you have to contend with all the people on weirdo diets. You know -- the ones where you can eat all you want, as long as it's cauliflower. They spend the whole dinner sullenly picking at...
  • Catching the next wave

    07/01/2002 8:19:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 274+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/30/02 | Op/Ed
    <p>THE Silicon Valley is about to be hit with a new wave of innovation that could have more of an impact on our lives, and the region's economy, than did the creation of the Internet. It could greatly expand the use of wireless communications, or bring about much more effective treatments for cancer.</p>
  • Russian Expert: 'Strong Suspicions' of Cuban Bio Threat

    05/20/2002 2:30:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 352+ views ^ | May 20, 2002 | Dave Eberhart
    The former head of Russia's biological weapons program and the man considered to be the foremost expert in the field of bioweapons told NewsMax he has "strong suspicions" that Cuba is developing deadly pathogens. Questions about Cuba's biological development program were defined recently by three separate charges. First, an undersecretary of state announced, "The U.S believes that Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort." Second, a spokesman for dictator Fidel Castro dismissed the slur as "loathsome." And finally, former President Jimmy Carter chimed in that the U.S. had no hard evidence that Cuba is...
  • Conservatism "Matures"

    05/02/2002 12:46:20 AM PDT · by paleokon · 5 replies · 2,493+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 2, 2002 | Francis Fukuyama
    <p>Sept. 11 might have also brought down a political movement.</p> <p>The great free-market revolution that began with the coming to power of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan at the close of the 1970s has finally reached its Thermidor, or point of reversal. Like the French evolution, it derived its energy from a simple idea of liberty, to wit, that the modern welfare state had grown toolarge, and that individuals were excessively regulated. The truth of this idea was vindicated by the sudden and unexpected collapse of Communism in 1989, as well as by the performance of the American and British economies in the 1990s.</p>
  • Brave New World V2.0

    04/22/2002 10:31:59 AM PDT · by gordgekko · 25 replies · 441+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | April 22, 2002 | Steven Martinovich
    Our Posthuman Future Consequences of the biotechnology revolution By Francis Fukuyama Farrar, Straus and Giroux 256 pgs. US$25/C$39.95 ISBN: 0-374-23643-7 Brave New World V2.0By Steven Martinovichweb posted April 22, 2002It would appear that history has not, in fact, ground to a halt. Back in 1989, social philosopher Francis Fukuyama made the extraordinary claim that because "the major alternatives to liberal democracy had exhausted themselves," history had effectively come to an end. Ten years later, he backpedaled by announcing that history wasn't at an end because science continued to make progress. Fukuyama picks up that thread in Our Posthuman Future: Consequences...
  • A Dim View of a 'Posthuman Future' (Francis Fukuyama)

    04/04/2002 5:13:45 PM PST · by beckett · 4 replies · 258+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Apr. 2, 2002 | Nicolas Wade
    April 2, 2002 A Dim View of a 'Posthuman Future' By NICHOLAS WADE If the human mind and body are shaped by a bunch of genes, as the decoding of the human genome seems to underscore, then biotechnologists will one day be able to change both and perhaps, in seeking to refine the imperfect human clay, will alter human nature.That prospect should be worrying a lot more people, in the view of the political theorist Francis Fukuyama, because history's central question — that of what kind of society best suits human needs — has been settled only if human nature...