A Christian education publisher based in Tennessee has removed references to the existence of the Loch Ness Monster from a biology textbook.
According to Scotland's Sunday Herald, Accelerated Christian Education, Inc. has opted to remove a statement from a textbook used in Europe and will likely do the same for American textbooks.
"Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland?" reads the deleted passage. "'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur." more >>
The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that would ban the controversial practice of sexual orientation change efforts for minors.
Democratic Representative Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., introduced the bill, known as H.154, earlier this year with a hearing being held last week before the Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
If enacted, H.154 would bar licensed professionals from performing "Sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts" in the state. more >>
University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists announced on Wednesday that they have identified a natural "off switch" for the X chromosome making it possible to explore treatment for Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra X chromosome which results in cognitive impairment.
In a report on a study of the subject posted on the medical school's website, they noted that they are the first to establish the "off switch" for the X chromosome and highlighted that it provides the first clues that the genetic root of Down syndrome can be suppressed in vitro.
"The last decade has seen great advances in efforts to correct single-gene disorders, beginning with cells in vitro and in several cases advancing to in vivo and clinical trials," said lead author Jeanne B. Lawrence, professor of cell & developmental biology. "By contrast, genetic correction of hundreds of genes across an entire extra chromosome has remained outside the realm of possibility. Our hope is that for individuals living with Down syndrome, this proof-of-principal opens up multiple exciting new avenues for studying the disorder now, and brings into the realm of consideration research on the concept of 'chromosome therapy' in the future." more >>
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis is getting ready to host the Answers Mega Conference in Tennessee from July 22 to 25, which he says will present the latest research in creationism from leading scientists.
"At Answers in Genesis, we understand the importance of backing up what we write and lecture about with high-quality scientific and theological research," Ham wrote on Monday.
He also highlighted AiG's Answers Research Journal (ARJ), which collects both scientific and theological research on biblical events such as the great Flood, saying that the papers are reviewed by well-qualified scholars before they are published. more >>
Science itself proves the need for a creator, says biochemist and Christian apologist Fazale Rana, executive vice president of Research and Apologetics at Reasons to Believe.
In an interview with the Christian Post, Rana discussed the achievements of his two debates in May, and his upcoming teaching schedule. He continues to work to put forward "a model supported by scripture that can be subjected to the rigors of scientific testing."
In May, he debated Michael Ruse, Florida State University professor of the Philosophy of Biology, Ethics, and the History and Philosophy of Science. Ruse also testified as a key witness for the 1981 case McLean v. Arkansas, which struck down the Arkansas state law permitting the teaching of "creation science." more >>
The U.K. government has backed a controversial new in vitro fertilization technique which would make it the first country in the world that allows babies to be created from the DNA of three different people.
"This is excellent news for families with mitochondrial disease," said Professor Doug Turnbull, director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University, according to BBC News.
"This will give women who carry these diseased genes more reproductive choice and the opportunity to have children free of mitochondrial disease. I am very grateful to all those who have supported this work." more >>