One of the consequences of the sloppy language used for stem cell activity is that “adult stem cell” research really is bone marrow transplant or hematopoietic(blood forming cells…) stem cell transplantation, very well elucidated techniques.Now, when bone marrow transplants, a 50 year old therapy, is used to cure a disease with new conditioning regimens (regimens that either kill immune cells which would “eat” the stem cells or create a “space” in the bone marrow garden for the stem cells to… Read more

The new heart-healthy challenge! Read more

tries to escape from the Matrix of our dominant cultural narrative of Individualism.For some reason, I’m reminded of this exchange.Brian: You are all individuals!Crowd: We are all individuals!Voice in crowd: I’m not!Crowd: Shhhh!!!It’s amazing, really, how American culture fosters the myth of individualism while simultaneously creating mass produced music, film, goods and ideas that everybody swallows uncritically while clapping themselves on the back for breaking with the Herd. From Britney Spears to the Da Vinci Code, we are total suckers… Read more

…is referring you to Sean Dailey’s and Dale Ahlquist’s festive takeapart of AN Wilson. It’s a measure of how stoopid I was yesterday that I managed to miss Wilson’s idiotic claim that Chesterton’s best writing was behind him by the time he became a Catholic (The Everlasting Man, The Well and the Shallows, St. Francis of Asissi, The Dumb Ox, the Autobiography, The Return of Don Quixote, The Secret of Father Brown, The Poet and the Lunatics, The Resurrection of… Read more

So I get up on Monday morning to a veritable tidal wave of mail. One reader in particular, who provides me with a lot of useful grist (for which I thank him) got way too enthused over the weekend and sent me a bale of emails with links, the vast majority of which I deleted. (Down boy!)But that still meant hours of wading through mail and links and looking at various stories, all while I am trying to get 11… Read more

The ongoing comedy greatness goes on. Read more

…he can start his penance by licking this priest’s shoes clean every day for the rest of his life. Read more

Reverb continues with Williamson. Various comments have been made both in my comboxes and in the media that suggest to me that this is a “teachable moment”.First things first, a reminder on my beliefs about forgiveness. Jesus pretty much sums it up when he say in Mark 11:25: “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”People will perform prodigies of rationalization to wriggle… Read more

This will rapidly lead to a lot fewer Nanny State Pointy Heads and a lot more Muslims in Britain.I wonder which two my children I should shoot to accomodate the Experts. Read more

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