An article on stem cells in breast milk in the New Scientist made me to reconsider to concept of milk kinship. Milk kinship is the idea that if two person have been breast-fed by the same woman, usually a wet-nurse, those two person are like family to each other. This concept of kinship can be found in different societies around the world and both in Christianity and Islam we can even find prohibition against marriage between milk siblings. Continue reading →
Scientists have created human stem cells with only one set of chromosomes. Normal human cells, including stem cells, have usually two copies of each chromosome (one from the father and one from the mother). More interestingly, they have succeeding in getting these haploid stem cells to multiply as if it were ordinary diploid cells. Continue reading →
From pluripotency to totipotency – Science Daily
The ability to turn normal cells back into totipotent stemcells saves much ethical and practical objections against the use of embryonic stemcells. An important breakthrough.
Giving robots a more nimble grasp – Science Daily
This is a good step forwards. If we want robots to do our domestic cores and care for our elderly fellows, a gentile touch would be an absolute must.
I am not sure whether this actually a good thing.