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Secret Twin Experiments & 15 seconds of fame


by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On the advice of a family friend, I went to see the new documentary, Three Identical Strangers. All that I knew going into the story was that it was about a set of triplets, separated at birth who discover each other later in life. The first part of the film is about how they learned of each other. One ended up going to a small college where a second twin had been a student the previous year.…

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Arizona law would give frozen embryos to spouse who wants baby after divorce CBS News

A controversial new Arizona law that took effect July 1 would give Torres access to the embryos. The law requires courts to give embryos to the spouse who plans to use them to have a baby when a couple decides to have a divorce. Supporters of the law say it will protect a partner’s right to his or her embryos. Opponents say it could force people to become parents against their will.

Are ‘breakthrough’ drugs as safe as other FDA-approved medicines? CNN

New research questions the quality of drugs given the “breakthrough therapy” designation by the US Food and Drug Administration. In late 2012, the FDA created this designation to speed the process for reviewing not-yet-approved experimental medicines intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions.

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules The New York Times

Julie Eldred argued that requiring defendants to be drug-free as a condition for probation was cruel and unusual given her severe addiction. A Massachusetts court disagreed, but declined to rule on whether addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s ability to comply with the requirement.

Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’ BBC News

Should we or shouldn’t we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children? An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is “no absolute reason not to pursue it”. But appropriate measures must be put in place before it becomes UK law, said the report – which calls for further research both medically and socially. Inquiry chair, Prof Karen Yeung, said: “The implications for society are extensive, profound and long-term.”