Thursday, February 11, 2010

Life Links 2/11/10

Pro-choice Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi thinks Focus on Family made pro-choice advocates “look silly.”
But some women’s groups foolishly took the bait offered by abortion opponents. When they learned about the ad, they tried to bully CBS into pulling it. That generated a super-sized pre-Super Bowl controversy that helped anti-abortion forces gain even more publicity. Thanks to all the buzz, Focus on the Family happily reported that its website traffic was exploding, subscribers to its magazine were up and a Facebook page for the ad attracted 230,000 fans.....

No supporter of Roe v. Wade can escape the truth. With one choice, you could end up with a strapping son; with another choice, you don’t.

Demonizing the ad featuring this mother and son doesn’t change that. It only helps their cause.

After receiving pressure from prolife groups and the ACLU of Ohio, Speaker Armond Budish will allow National Right to Life’s oratory contest winner Elisabeth Trisler to be honored on the state House floor.

An article in Scientific American notes that a study by Robert Lanza and his colleagues at Advanced Cell Technology has found some problems with induced pluripotent cells. It appears that some of the problems can be fixed by using proteins instead of viruses to produce the cells.

A local ABC stations has an article and video on a young girl with cerebral palsy who was treated with her own umbilical cord stem cells.
The stem cell infusion took only 15 minutes. Back home, the family must report to researchers any changes every 3 months. “Her speech has exploded, unbelievable. She is about what I would consider 85 percent cured from CP. She can walk flatfooted with a leg brace."

A former high school student has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after losing her unborn child after allegedly being roughed up by school security guards while being arrested.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah these problems with genetically-induced pluripotent cells are OLD NEWS.

    The problem with using proteins (transcription factors) to de-specialize cells is, the necessary proteins are VERY EXPENSIVE.

    It may be possible to replace the proteins with small molecules, but this is in the future.