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Fr. Barron comments on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Last edited 26th March 2014

Seth McFarlane, who is a well known atheist, is the executive producer of a remake of "Cosmos". It is yet another series portraying religion as an enemy of science. As Fr. Robert Barron says, "here we go again". Watch this video for a review of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and get the facts rights about religion and science.


Fertility Treatments Succeed without Assisted Reproduction
Last edited 4th March 2014

A doctor in Italy has seen great success in helping couples conceive by examining their overall health and treating underlying causes of infertility, without artificial reproduction technologies. Dr. Felice Petraglia, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Siena in Italy, runs a clinic specializing in reproductive medicine. However, his clinic does not offer in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, or other “assisted reproduction technologies.”


New Stem-Cell Method Offers Another Alternative to Embryonic Research
Last edited 12th February 2014

A new method of creating versatile stem cells from a relatively simple manipulation of existing cells could further reduce the need for any stem-cell research involving human embryos, according to leading ethicists. Although the process has only been tested in mice, two studies published Jan. 29 in the journal Nature detailed research showing success with a process called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP.


Vatican University looks into the 'Beginning' of the Universe
Last edited 18th November 2013

The sheer magnitude of stars, planets and galaxies have always triggered questions about the beginning. Mostly, how was the Universe created and why? Was something created out of nothing? Those very questions were addressed by experts at the Vatican's Gregorian University, where the 'Big Bang' theory and others less popular theories were discussed.


When Galaxies Collide: The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes
Last edited 4th November 2013

Galaxies may look pretty and delicate, with their swirls of stars of many colours – but don’t be fooled. At the heart of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole, including in our own Milky Way.

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Child Poverty 'Can Shrink Brain'
Last edited 28th October 2013

Poverty in early childhood can shrink the brain, a study has shown. The finding may help explain links between deprivation and poor mental ability and performance at school.

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Why the Church is Right About Stem-Cell Research
Last edited 20th August 2013

Ever since the first human embryonic stem-cell lines were established in 1998, the Catholic Church has maintained that this type of research was ethically unacceptable. The fact that such research requires the creation and subsequent destruction of human life makes it a non-starter for the Church, which has continually upheld and defended the sanctity and value of human life in all its forms. Unfortunately, the Church’s opposition to this research has exposed it to harsh criticism from those who would paint the Church as an institution bent on holding back the tide of scientific progress.

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Milestone Study Probes Cancer Origin
Last edited 14th August 2013

Scientists are reporting a significant milestone for cancer research after charting 21 major mutations behind the vast majority of tumours. The disruptive changes to the genetic code, reported in Nature, accounted for 97% of the 30 most common cancers. Finding out what causes the mutations could lead to new treatments. Some, such as smoking are known, but more than half are still a mystery.


Surrogate Mothers, 3 Parents and No Rights for Children - The Dark Side of the IVF Industry
Last edited 14th August 2013

England’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is conducting a review of the laws governing surrogacy, according to an Aug. 5 report by the Web site BioNews. The news comes at a time when in recent months a number of concerns have been expressed about the use of surrogate mothers and the introduction of third parties into the conception of children.

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Doctor Says Death is Reversible
Last edited 6th August 2013

How long can you live after your heart stops beating? Longer than you think, if you're hooked up to a heart-lung machine known as ECMO. Melbourne's Alfred Hospital is the first in Australia to trial this machine in its emergency department. But the 'revolution in resuscitation' brings its own ethical dilemmas.


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