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.

Bird-flu watching

Medicine | Better to wash hands than wait for a vaccine with this potential pandemic
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/29/05, 12:00 am

President Bush met with U.S. vaccine developers on Oct. 7, not long after reading a gruesome history of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. The 500-plus page book by John M. Barry tells how 40 million of the world's youngest, healthiest people died horrifically, bleeding from their ears and noses and turning blue from lack of oxygen. The book also skewers military and government officials who ignored warnings about poor public health conditions in barracks and cities.

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Destructive impulse

Science | Why aren't cloning advocates happier about recent stem-cell breakthroughs?
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/03/05, 12:00 am

Professor Ian Wilmut of the University of Edinburgh envisions a world where sick people could draw new life from younger, healthier clones of themselves. Mr. Wilmut became famous for cloning Dolly the Sheep and is now one of the most prominent embryonic stem-cell and human-cloning researchers.

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Triple somersault

Congress | His recent flip-flop on stem-cell research is part of a practiced Bill Frist routine
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/27/05, 12:00 am

The days following Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's speech supporting embryonic stem-cell research unfolded like a messy, public breakup. Pro-lifers crumpled into their chairs like scorned lovers to pound out angry notes to all their friends in the blogosphere. They called him a flip-flopper and pointed out all the times Mr. Frist had done them wrong. They reminded one another that he supported abortionist David Satcher's nomination as surgeon general.

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