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Lessons From Leapfrog Biotech by Jamais Cascio

This week’s Economist looks at the growing level of innovation in the health-related biotechnology industries of developing nations. No longer simply copying existing drugs and treatments, nations such as China, India, Cuba and Brazil have begun to make substantial contributions to global bioscience. Biotechnology is an ideal leapfrog pathway, as it doesn’t require a substantial existing industrial base,  only well-educated scient...

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J. Hughes
Transhumanism and Unitarian Universalism:  Beginning the Dialogue by J. Hughes

A sermon on the special compatibility of Unitarian Universalism and transhumanism

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Jamais Cascio
A Conversation with Dr. James Hughes by Jamais Cascio

Part 1

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Engineering Transcendence by Giulio Prisco

Gazing at the stars in the clear night sky, and feeling that there is something greater than us, which gives a meaning to our little life down here. Being afraid to die, and hoping that our selves may somehow survive death. Grieving for our loved ones who are not with us anymore, and hoping to meet them again, somewhere else.

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Generic Biomedicine by Jamais Cascio

The American patent on Human Growth Hormone—useful for fighting wasting diseases associated with AIDS—expired in 2003. So why isn’t there a far-less-expensive "generic"  version available in the US? Because HGH is a protein "biologic" drug, and protein drugs are far more difficult to produce than "small molecule" drugs, and the FDA says it can’t be certain that the generic versions are identical to the originals.

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Atheism Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Reggie Finley about the arguments for atheism. Finley produces the “Infidel Guy” radio show,  part of the Atheist Radio network.

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Infidel Guy Changesurfer Radio

Dr. J. chats with Reggie Finley about the need to fight the Religious Right and the Bush administration. Finley produces the “Infidel Guy” radio show,  part of the Atheist Radio network.

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Nick Bostrom
The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant by Nick Bostrom


nce upon a time, the planet was tyrannized by a giant dragon. The dragon stood taller than the largest cathedral, and it was covered with thick black scales. Its red eyes glowed with hate, and from its terrible jaws flowed an incessant stream of evil-smelling yellowish-green slime. It demanded from humankind a blood-curdling tribute: to satisfy its enormous appetite, ten thousand men and wome...

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To the core of porcine matter: Evaluating arguments against producing transgenic pigs by An Ravelingien

Abstract The production of transgenic pigs for xenotransplantation is based on an urgent human need for transplantable organs. Although the particular genetic modifications are small and do not alter the organism phenotypically, several authors consider it morally problematic. This chapter attempts to establish whether there are genuine reasons to refrain from producing ‘humanized’ pigs for xenotransplantation. We distinguish two types of ethical arguments often confused in debating the matter: consequentialist and inhere...

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J. Hughes
Human Enhancement on the Agenda by J. Hughes

From bioethicists to nanotech geeks, the enhancement debate is stirring the pot

By James Hughes

President Clinton appointed the second presidential-level bioethics commission, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC),in 1995 to advise on the permissibility of human cloning. It was the only one appointed since President Carter’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Not because Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. didn’t want to establish bioethics com...