Health and wellness

Human-Animal Chimeras Coming Soon

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in Health and wellness

Human-Animal Chimeras Coming Soon
One hundred and twenty years ago, H.G. Wells wrote a novel, “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” about what happens when a scientist, in a mad pursuit for knowledge, creates human-animal hybrids. In a word–what happens is chaos. Wells called the book “an exercise in youthful blasphemy.” He may have said the same about the National Institutes of Health today.
The NIH, under the leadership of professing Christian Dr. Francis Collins, is proposing lifting a ban on taxpayer funding of experiments that splice human stem cells with animal embryos, creating human-animal chimeras.
Proponents, of course, downplay any ethical concerns related to creating new life forms using human genetic material–for either the humans or the animals involved. They’re committed to the practical benefits of this kind of research, hoping to create animal models of human diseases in order to prevent and treat illnesses.

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Social media and middle school

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Family, Health and wellness

Social media and middle school

Social media and middle school

Jim Stitzinger — June 7, 2016

“Everyone has it, why can’t I have it!” “They’re leaving me out of everything!”. . . cue the tears, bring up the music, and now the dramatic finish. . . ”you’re ruining my life, I’ll never make real friends!

This year’s winner of best actress in a pho-drama goes to a middle schooler for her role in Deprived: The Tragedy of a Young Lady Traumatized By Social Media Prohibition.

Sound familiar? This discussion is ricocheting around our home. Apparently “every kid” at school has (1) an iPhone, (2) unlimited texting, and (3) every social media stream possible. Oh, and did I mention “those” kids also watch all the latest movies, have pet unicorns and vacation in exotic lands on the weekends. They probably have a new car waiting in the garage, just in case they turn 16 before the end of 7th grade.

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