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.

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Adult stem cell discovery could save embryos from scientific research

Science
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/31/14, 09:00 am

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in stem cell research that is good news for both patients and embryos. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have reprogrammed adult cells to act like embryonic stem cells, once touted as the future’s cure-all for devastating diseases. The new scientific discovery not only offers better treatments to patients but also leaves embryos out of the equation.

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New trial over same-sex wedding fuels UMC marriage debate

Religion
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/20/14, 04:00 pm

The United Methodist Church (UMC), facing a wave of internal dissent over its policy on homosexuality, last week brought charges against the latest pastor to defy church law by performing a same-sex wedding.

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Womb for rent

Health
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/16/14, 05:10 pm

A new, radical surgery offers hope to women who are missing reproductive organs due to birth defects or disease. But that hope comes at a cost and raises the question: How far should doctors go to give women a chance to have children?

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