Sixty Years Out I Have Seen The Future And Its Barry Bonds

Barry Lamar Bonds is justly considered to be one of the greatest players the sport of baseball has ever seen. He has won a record seven MVP awards, eight Gold Glove Awards, and is the only player in history to have hit 500 home runs and steal 500 bases. And yet, this towering superstar of an athlete has been one of several top players who have made fans ask an uncomfortable question To what degree, if any, does the use of chemical enhancements account for his accomplishments Bonds became mired...

The Legacy Of Brown And Warnock

At the other end of the European spectrum lies the United Kingdom, which has the most open approach to embryonic stem cell research. The open, yet carefully administered policies in the U.K. are likely the product of Britain's good fortune to have already hashed out many of the issues convulsing the United States and the European Continent. On July 25, 1978, the IVF pioneers Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe announced the birth of Louise Joy Brown. Little Louise was the world's first baby to...

In The City Of The Lion

The first attempt to isolate human stem cells and keep them alive without differentiating into either a fetus or petering out into a jumbled mass like a teratoma took place in metropolitan Southeast Asia. The National University Hospital of Singapore was the right place for the experiment. Located adjacent to the university in a pleasant-looking cubist building, the hospital is a medical school and one of the premier research centers in Asia. Dr. Ariff Bongso was the right person at the...

West Coast Backlash

But the latest legal earthquake to rumble through the state did not originate in Sacramento, the state's capital. Instead, the epicenter was located smack in the middle of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. In August 2001, President George W. Bush announced his administration's policy regarding human embryonic stem cell research. Since his own ascension to the Oval Office, Bush had come under pressure from religious groups to concretely demonstrate that he was, indeed, a social...