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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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