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In the stem cell debate, asking the right question

In the stem cell debate, asking the right question

The intertwined debate that links abortion to embryonic stem cell research has revolved around the wrong question, said Douglas A. Melton, Ph.D., co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. “I would suggest to you,” he said in his keynote address at the annual meeting in May of the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, “that the question of when does life begin is the wrong question. The real question is: ‘When does personhood begin?’ ”A sperm and an egg are already alive before they meet, Melton said, rendering the notion of the beginning of life an arbitrary matter of timing. When does personhood emerge? “This is a...

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A new role for RNA as a regulatory molecule

A new role for RNA as a regulatory molecule

In the last few years scientists have been surprised by small nucleotide sequences, microRNAs and...

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Research that makes women visible

Research that makes women visible

Surveying a packed ballroom at New Haven’s Omni Hotel in which women were disproportionately and...

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Fuggedaboutit! Transient Global Amnesia

Fuggedaboutit! Transient Global Amnesia

A 62-year-old man led a choir through a flawless rehearsal and performance, but by the end of the...

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