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Raging Against the Dying of the Light

05/14/2015

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

When do we die? The legal and medical answer is we are dead when we either (a) have experienced total loss of all brain function or (b) cessation of cardiopulmonary activity. The biological answer is that we are dead when as an organism we have lost our ability for integrated function—that is enough parts have ceased to function that the organism cannot be put back together again. That moment we call “death” is in a real way, quite arbitrary.…

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05/19/2015
National academies will meet to guide ‘gene editing’ research

The debate over human “gene editing” has moved onto the national stage with a prestigious institute announcing it will hold an international summit this fall to create voluntary standards to guide the use of the controversial technology, first conceived by UC Berkeley molecular biologist Jennifer Doudna.

05/19/2015
Fetal stem cells and the sports heroes they revitalized

Their recoveries sparked a debate: The families say the stem cell treatments had a major impact, while skeptics say the therapies are unproven and that Brodie and Howe could have improved through natural healing, as stroke patients often do.

05/18/2015
Cystic fibrosis drug offers hope to patients

Patients often die before their 40s as mucus clogs and damages their lungs and leaves them prone to infection.

05/18/2015
How Doctors Deliver Bad News http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-doctors-deliver-bad-news-1431970796

The doctor in the grainy video is standing up, shifting uncomfortably as he spouts medical jargon that members of his patient’s family don’t understand.