The extraordinary development of genetics over the last 20 years has resulted in both a wealth of new technologies and a wide range of ethical concerns relating to that technology. Like most scientific research, a great deal of genetics research is either run by the government directly or funded by the federal government in some fashion. As a result, the next president will struggle with genetics-related decisions that would have been unimaginable to his predecessor. Let's look at the candidates' history of genetics legislation.
It's been a hot week in the science of sex.
First of all, for all of you Intactivists out there (and I know there are a lot of you round these parts), a major finding might bolster your claim that routine circumcision isn't worth the risk.
Embryonic stem cells, which can be coaxed to turn into any kind of cell type, have been hailed as a 21st-century panacea. But they are fraught with ethical problems because they come from embryos. Last November, two teams of scientists turned ordinary adult skin cells into pluripotent stem cells—capable of becoming any kind of tissue—a feat that could solve the ethical problem forever. Here’s how one group did it.
A new breakthrough in stem cell production provides an important tool to researchers studying Lou Gehrig’s disease
By Stuart FoxPosted 08.05.2008 at 3:27 pm 1 Comment
Talk of the promise of stem cells usually revolves around creating new, healthy cells to repair damaged or diseased organs. However, a joint project between Harvard and Columbia Universities has been doing the exact opposite: creating stem cells that will develop into diseased cells. By creating stem cells from people with a known degenerative disorder, the researchers hope to explore the process that cause the diseases, discover where a cure might be most effective, and probe the unexplored area between genetics and disease.
Want science back in the national equation? Get busy, it won't happen without your action
By Nicole DyerPosted 02.15.2008 at 12:28 pm 0 Comments
Funding for the majority of federal science and technology programs in the United States has declined or remained flat during the past seven years. And dont assume that will change with the next administration. Politicians simply dont know jack about science and technology, says former Congressman John Porter, a moderate Republican from Illinois. In fact, fewer than 3 percent of our Congressional representatives have any science background. By comparison, 8 out 9 top officials in China are scientists.
U.S. cloning expert Martin Pera on the Korean cloning scandal, self-correcting science and the importance of sound PR
By Greg MonePosted 02.16.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
This January, news that South Korean scientist Hwang Woo Suk fabricated research on cloned human stem cells brought more negative attention to an already controversial field. Hwang´s work had been believed to be a breakthrough. His technique for cloning embryonic stem cells genetically matched to patients might have been used by scientists worldwide to cure disease.
Scientists are making headway on our most vexing health issues
By Dawn StoverPosted 07.31.2005 at 10:00 pm 0 Comments
While some scientists are looking to the future, trying to push the human body beyond its natural limits, others are fighting the same old scourges we’ve always faced. Here, an update on five particularly stubborn ailments and promising research avenues that might finally lead to cures.