When Does Human Life Begin?

T here is a tremendous consensus in the scientific community about when life begins.  This is hardly controversial.  If the claim were made that life was discovered on another planet, for example, there are well-defined criteria to which we could refer to conclusively determine whether the claim was accurate.  How do scientists distinguish between life and…

Doubt cast over tiny stem cells

Studies refute the existence of very small embryonic-like cells endorsed by the Vatican. by Alison Abbott Does a rare and minuscule cell type with the potential to repair almost any tissue in the body really exist? Proponents of very small embryonic-like cells (VSELs) extracted from bone marrow say that the cells have the potential to…

2 Fatally Stabbed Over China’s ‘1-Child Policy’

A man who was told by officials they couldn’t register his fourth child because he didn’t pay a penalty for breaking China’s family planning laws stabbed to death two government workers and injured four others, state media and an official said. Footage of police trying to subdue the man outside a family planning office in…

China’s Brutal One-Child Policy

LONDON — ZHANG YIMOU, the celebrated film director and arranger of the 2008 Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony in Beijing, was accused last week of being the latest high-profile violator of China’s one-child policy. The People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, alleged that Mr. Zhang had fathered seven children with four different women. The news has…

France Lifts Its Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

It is a common misconception in America that in the rest of the world, scientists are free to work with embryonic stem cells all they want, and that in the United States, we are “far behind” everyone else because of President George W. Bush’s funding restrictions. That simply is not true. Unlike the U.S. that…