Scientists in the UK announced Tuesday that they will be ready to create babies using genetic material from three people in two years, once the government makes it legal, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is deliberating whether to allow clinical trials to create these genetically modified babies.
In techniques commonly referred to as mitochondrial replacement, scientists would use eggs from two women and sperm from one man to treat deadly mitochondrial diseases, according to a BBC report.
Mitochondria, explains scientists with the UK's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, "are small structures present in cells that produce much of the energy required by the cell. They contain a small amount of DNA that is inherited exclusively from the mother through the mitochondria present in her eggs. Mutations in this mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) can cause a range of rare but serious diseases, which can be fatal." more >>
A recently released study from researchers in Germany has concluded that a link exists between pornography usage and lower brain mass.
Published last week by JAMA Psychiatry, the cross-sectional study was conducted by Dr. Simone Kühn of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and Dr. Jürgen Gallinat of University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendor in Hamburg.
The researchers surveyed 64 adult males in good health, who had varying levels of pornography consumption. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham responded to what he called an "anti-creationist rant" by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who criticized the $43 million in Kentucky tax incentives being given to his ministry's full-sized Noah's ark attraction.
"Rachel Maddow just went on a long anti-creationist rant on MSNBC (for anyone who still happens to watch low-rated MSNBC) as she commented on the Creation Museum's new Allosaurus fossil (she showed photos of our new exhibit)--then she mocked our Ark Encounter project--actually spent quite a lot of time mocking and scoffing, and totally misrepresented how the construction of the Ark is being funded," Ham wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
Answers in Genesis, the ministry behind the ark attraction and which Ham heads, has clarified earlier that "no money is coming out of the state budget to build the Ark." "[L]et us say for the umpteenth time: no state monies will be used to construct the Ark," the group has stressed. more >>
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — A diverse gathering of groups and individuals has come to the Washington, D.C.-area to launch an effort to combat pornography.
The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation held its first summit at the Tyson's Corner Marriot not far from the nation's capital. The multi-day event that began Friday morning and will conclude Saturday brings together researchers, scholars, and activists dedicated to combating pornography.
Dr. Sharon Cooper, a developmental and forensic pediatrician, discussed in her presentation the effects of early pornographic exposure among children and its relation to sexual abuse. more >>
The "lunar Bible" taken to the moon in the 1970's was sold at a Dallas auction this week for $15,000 above its estimated auction price, rounding out at $75,000.
The postage stamp-sized Bible sold at an auction for space memorabilia in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday. The relic was estimated to fetch upwards of $60,000. The "Microform Holy Bible," which can be read using a microscope, traveled around the moon on the Apollo 13 trip in 1970, and landed on the moon with Astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1971 as part of the Apollo 14 voyage.
"This tiny microform contains the complete Bible, all 1,245 pages of the King James Bible, both Old and New Testaments," Michael Riley, senior historian for Heritage Auctions, the group that organized Wednesday's space-themed auction, said in a press release. more >>
A recent study from the University of Toronto says it's "perfectly normal" for people to see facial images in inanimate objects, like Jesus' face in a slice of toast, because human brains are "uniquely wired" to recognize faces.
Researchers at the University of Toronto, in conjunction with several universities in China, used brain-scanning MRI machines and computer-generated images on 20 patients to determine the existence of face pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon of seeing faces in inanimate objects. Common faces detected in inanimate objects include the Man in the Moon, seeing a celebrity resemblance in the curves of a potato chip, or seeing Jesus' face on a slice of toast or in the trunk of a tree.
Kang Lee, a developmental neuroscientist at the University of Toronto who led the recent study, told CBC that face pareidolia happens when two parts of the brain, the frontal cortex and the visual cortex, interact. more >>