Friday, April 10, 2009

Life Links 4/10/09

World Magazine and the Omaha World-Herald both have articles on how the economy is possibly affecting women in unplanned pregnancies.

Kim Lute, an associate producer at CNN International in Atlanta, has an editorial in favor of embryonic stem cell research. She seems to thinks embryonic stem cell will one day lower the number of people who need organ donations. Unable to find any examples of how embryonic stem cells are ever going to be used to create replacement organs, she turns to adult stem cells for a success story.
Recently, an article in the British medical journal The Lancet announced that a team of international doctors performed a pioneering and successful windpipe transplant on a young Colombian woman. A donated trachea was re-engineered using the woman’s own stem cells —- extracted from her bone marrow —- thus eliminating the need for immunosuppressant drugs. This biological and transformative structure renewed hopes that manufactured organs might revolutionize the concept of traditional transplantation. Now that stem cell research will be better funded, perhaps science can succeed where human generosity has failed. Perhaps no one else will face a preventable death.
It's really quite breathtaking to realize how little proponents of embryonic stem cell research know about the research they are so fervent in their support of.

According to the Catholic News Agency, Obama is having some trouble finding an ambassador to the Vatican and that Doug Kmiec wouldn't be accepted.

UPDATE: The Vatican is denying they've turned down Obama's picks.

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