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.

PGD: An embryologist prepares an embryo to be analyzed for sex determination.

Taming the Wild West

Medicine | Bioethicists want to keep tabs on the practice of making "designer babies"
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/15/06, 12:00 am

At first, the British government typically only allowed couples to toss out in vitro fertilization embryos if the embryos tested positive for serious childhood illnesses. Recently, it extended the allowance to include embryos with a chance of developing inherited cancer such as breast cancer as adults.

Now, the Sunday Times reports, doctors at the University College Hospital in London are asking the government to allow parents to choose the sex of their child if they have a family history of autism-a non-fatal condition that affects more boys than girls.

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Flight of fancy

Medicine | How far will a television network go to challenge the top-rated show in America during a sweeps period?
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/20/06, 12:00 am

How far will a television network go to challenge the top-rated show in America during a sweeps period? On May 9, ABC attempted to draw viewers away from American Idol on Fox with a TV movie that assumed history would soon repeat itself with a bird-flu pandemic.

Before airing Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America, ABC boasted it had done meticulous research about H5N1, the strain of avian influenza now sweeping across the globe. But the movie seemed more like an adaptation of a popular book about the 1918 "Spanish flu" pandemic than a docu-drama about a contemporary disease.

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Bird watcher

Medicine | Governments around the world are preparing for the possibility that bird flu will mutate into a disease that humans can give to one another
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/22/06, 12:00 am

Most English-speaking countries expected bird flu to cross their borders, but the disease's arrival in Scotland on March 29 shocked at least one resident into paranoia. Members of the British press at first thought professional soccer coach Jose Mourinho was being sarcastic when he said last week that he feared bird flu more than the rival club Manchester United.

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