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.

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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Frozen generation

Science | Half a million embryos wait in a cryogenic limbo whose parameters few doctors, theologians, or parents can define
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/29/05, 12:00 am

Matt and Andrea Thomas spotted each other walking across campus at Texas A&M University, struck up a conversation, and fell in love. They married after graduation and found jobs in Austin, Texas-Matt as an engineer and Andrea as a teacher. Having children seemed like the next step in their lives together.

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