Julie Borg

Julie is a clinical psychologist and writer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She reports on science and intelligent design for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.

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Natural selection’s mixed-up marching orders

Evolution | Scientific evidence once again disproves Darwin’s theory
by Julie Borg
Posted 1/11/18, 04:04 pm

Natural selection predicts populations should show gradual improvement and increased fitness. But, time and again, scientific studies reveal the assumptions of evolutionary theory are just plain wrong.

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Stem cell delivery

Science | Amniotic fluid could offer a bountiful source of ethical stem cells
by Julie Borg
Posted 1/08/18, 12:24 pm

Scientists often use human embryonic stem cells for research because the cells can transform into almost any type in the body. The cells come with a significant ethical problem, though: Harvesting them results in the death of a human embryo.

Now researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a technique that allows doctors to harvest stem cells from amniotic fluid and convert them into embryonic-like cells that can grow into other types, including nerve, blood, and heart cells. Extracting the cells, called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), does not harm a baby.

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Survival by design

Science | A new study undermines a key tenet of Darwinian evolution
by Julie Borg
Posted 1/04/18, 01:51 pm

For more than a century, many scientists accepted Ronald Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection as mathematical proof of survival of the fittest, a cornerstone of Darwinian evolution. But a new paper, published in the Journal of Mathematical Biology, found “Fisher’s corollary was seriously flawed.” After the researchers corrected and expanded Fisher’s theory, their findings blew apart the traditional understanding of survival of the fittest.

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