Category Archives: Science Ethics

Thoughts on the Pill and Promiscuity

What “The Pill” Did (on CNN.com) (***WARNING: I’m gonna talk about sex. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.***) It’s the 50th anniversary of “The Pill” this year. Whether you believe the Pill to be one of the single … Continue reading

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Read the New Guidelines

As an addendum to my previous post, here is a link at which you can read the NIH’s new guidelines as well as the reasoning behind the guidelines. The guidelines are relatively easy to read, and they do not require … Continue reading

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Final Stem Cell Guidelines Released

Yesterday the NIH released the final guidelines for embryonic stem cell research in the United States. President Obama lifted the previous administration’s restrictions back in February but left it up to the NIH to determine the guidelines for ES research. … Continue reading

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Genetic Testing

Yesterday during a slow period at work I took a poll on one of our computers about genetic testing, specifically pre-natal testing. Some of the questions inspired me to write a piece on the topic. Continue reading

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Ins and Outs of Stem Cell Research

Right now I work in the Human Body Gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota. One of our exhibits is some information about two types of stem cell research (embryonic and adult), and also a video with seven differing opinions on embryonic stem cell research. There are also two large binders filled with visitor comments on the question “Should we use embryonic stem cells in research?” After reading these replies, most of which were influenced by incorrect, misguided information, there are a few things I need to clarify. Continue reading

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Roald Dahl Weighs in on Anti-Vaccine Debate

23 years ago, Roald Dahl (author of such books as Matilda, The BFG, and James and the Giant Peach), made a statement in support of vaccination of children. I thought you might want to read what he had to say.

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Second Update on Minnesota Chemo Case

Colleen Hauser, the mother of Daniel Hauser, the 13-year old boy from Sleepy Eye, MN,  and Daniel himself have gone missing. Colleen and Daniel did not show up to the court hearing on Tuesday. Anthony Hauser told the judge that … Continue reading

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