New rules for contraception mandate

Religious organizations have objected to the Obamacare requirement that the health insurance they give their employees must provide for free contraception and morning-after-pills.  Now the Obama administration has issued new rules for how those organizations can sort-of opt out of the mandate, while still providing free contraception and morning-after-pills. [Read more…]

Heather has three biological parents

Great Britain has approved a in-vitro-fertilization technique that conceives babies using genetic material from three different parents.  (If I’m sorting it out correctly, it will take one father and two different mothers, with the destruction of one embryo being used for spare parts.) [Read more…]

Why naked mole rats don’t get cancer

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post in praise of the naked mole rat, an exceedingly odd little creature with seemingly super powers when it comes to health and longevity.  Well, scientists have recently discovered why these things don’t get cancer, something that could lead to treatments in human beings. [Read more…]

Dropping abortion instruction in med schools

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article that bemoans what pro-lifers would celebrate:  Fewer and fewer med schools and teaching hospitals are training new doctors in how to perform abortions. [Read more…]

Costs & benefits of Obamacare insurance

The states are starting to set up their insurance exchanges, so we are getting some idea of how much the required policies will cost and what their benefits will be.  There will be four levels of coverage:  platinum, gold, silver, and bronze.  In California, the “silver plan,” which is the level that federal subsidies for lower income folks will be based on, will cost $321 per month, but have a $2,000 deductible, requiring $45 co-pays.  Details after the jump. [Read more…]

Human genes can’t be patented

In a rare unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented.  As we blogged about earlier, some companies have patented human genetic material, but the judges ruled that only inventions and not products of nature can be patented. [Read more…]


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