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“There is no closure. There’s an opening. —”

“There is no closure. There’s an opening. —”

Accompanying someone on the journey toward death is “an incredible luxury,” said Nancy H. Cobb, speaking at a lecture sponsored by the Program for Humanities in Medicine in January. “It’s an incredible gift — a kind of gestation period before someone dies. It’s a holy and spiritual time.” Cobb, an actress and writer, wrote In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living after watching her mother die at The Connecticut Hospice in 1996. Cobb’s mother had initially asked her daughter to help her end her life but forgot that request as her Alzheimer’s progressed. Cobb is grateful: watching her mother die gradually “granted me an extraordinary...

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Nailing down the language of stem cell biology

Nailing down the language of stem cell biology

Two words that rarely pass the lips of Irving L. Weissman, M.D., in public are “embryo” and...

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A tragedy of HIV exposure in rural China

A tragedy of HIV exposure in rural China

Last August, Chinese authorities detained a mild-mannered, bespectacled physician named Wan Yan Hai...

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A structure to accommodate therapeutic cloning

A structure to accommodate therapeutic cloning

Following close behind biomedical advances are moral quandaries, said Francis Fukuyama, Ph.D., a...

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