Archive for May 4th, 2009
Glenn Greenwald is one of my heroes. He can research the hell out of a complex topic, then really spell it out succinctly. On this occasion, though, he decided to quickly blow away the garbage strewn buy neocon Cliff Kincaid, who took a swipe at both Greenwald and at I. F. Stone.
I saw this snippet on my New Scientist RSS feed. Some researchers, investigating methods to improve IVF success rates, have discovered that contrary to popular belief, chromosomal abnormalities, and hence miscarriages, are not abnormal occurrences, but are in fact the norm.
As women age, their eggs are more likely to have the wrong number of chromosomes, which can lead to miscarriages. But when Joris Vermeersch from the Centre for Human Genetics in Leuven, Belgium, and colleagues examined 23 embryos from nine young, fertile couples who were undergoing IVF for screening purposes, they found that 21 had chromosomal abnormalities, suggesting these are in fact the norm (Nature Medicine, DOI: 10.1038/nm.1924).
I can only presume god was just being mean when he said ‘go forth and multiply’ – since he must have known that our ability to multiply was broken.