Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

What's a human?

Interview | Bioethicist and presidential advisor Leon Kass wants to get back to basics about medical science's complexities
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/28/06, 12:00 am

Leon Kass did not appoint himself shepherd of the rocky hills of modern-day bioethics. He set out with a one-year leave of absence from his biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health to explore bioethics 35 years ago. The young physician-scientist never made it back to the lab.

Instead, his thoughts and writings about the nature of human dignity became guideposts for a nation struggling to answer the question: What does it mean to be human?

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Cell oversell

Medicine | November was not a good month for embryonic stem-cell research
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/10/05, 12:00 am

As editor Glenn McGee lamented on the American Journal of Bioethics weblog, November was not a good month for embryonic stem-cell research. An ethical breach tripped up the field's leading researcher while an embarrassed international scientific community watched. Meanwhile, research in ethical realms of science-those that do not depend on cloning and embryo destruction-continues to deliver groundbreaking therapies and offer further proof that you just don't have to kill embryos to save lives. Here are the latest developments:

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Relaxing news

Medicine | The chemical in turkey fabled to cause drowsiness may relieve symptoms of MS
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/26/05, 12:00 am

Scientists have discovered that tryptophan-the chemical in turkey fabled to cause Thanksgiving drowsiness-may relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

A study published in the Nov. 4 issue of the journal Science found that tryptophan metabolites, the molecules formed when the body breaks down the amino acid, alleviated paralysis in mice with MS-like symptoms.

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