Groups Ask Court to Stop Patenting of Embryonic Stem Cells

I never understood why patents were ever allowed for embryonic stem cells. They are not human inventions. They–like genes–are naturally occurring. Accordingly, the European courts have rejected stem cell patents. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected gene patents. Now, challenges are underway against U.S. patents of embryonic stem cells.From the Chronicle of Higher Education story: Two advocacy…

Two Men Now HIV Free After Treatment With Adult Stem Cells

Scientists say two men are reportedly HIV free thanks to treatment with adult stem cells. Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes of Brigham and Women’s Hospital spoke at a an AIDS research conference during which he and his team announced details about two cancer patients whose treatment appears to have eradicated their HIV infections. From an NBC report: Two…

Geron Is Shutting Down Its Stem Cell Clinical Trial

The company conducting the world’s first clinical trial of a therapy using human embryonic stem cells said on Monday that it was halting that trial and leaving the stem cell business entirely. The company, Geron, said that its move did not reflect a lack of promise for the controversial field. Rather, it said, with money scarce, it…

Mob of shouting pro-abortion activists blocks passage of Texas 20-week abortion ban at last minute

AUSTIN, Texas, June 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Amidst a mob of shouting pro-abortion advocates, a Texas bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks failed to pass despite securing the needed votes because the voting concluded two minutes after the session’s midnight deadline. Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis successfully filibustered the bill Tuesday for eleven hours. After…

Research: Unborn Babies Recognize, Process Speech at 29 Weeks

Fascinating new research shows that unborn children can recognize and process varying forms of speech at 29 weeks, even before speech centers appear. The processing is advanced enough, for example, to allow them to differentiate between male and female voices. Keith Barrington, a neonatologist and clinical researcher and chief of service at Sainte Justine University…