|THE LIVING CELL|
A look at the world of the cell
with Boyce Rensberger
May 16, 1997
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Are cancer cells "anarchists" in the body "republic?" Will human organs ever be genetically engineered? What makes humans different from chimpanzees? Will cloning lead to the lose of human individuality? Why hasn't the abortion debate included new information on how human life develops? Where will the most exciting advances in biology come from in the next century?
David Gergen discusses the cellular world with Boyce Rensberger, author of "Life Itself: Exploring The Realm of the Living Cell."
April 24, 1997:
Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks with the doctor who helped a 63-year-old woman become a mother.
March 5, 1997:
The annoucement of Dolly, the cloned sheep, was stunning, but what does cloning mean for society?
February 24, 1997:
Analysis of the revelation that Scottish scientists had cloned a sheep.
January 1, 1997:
Paul Solman reviews the year in genetics.
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The Online NewsHour's editors ask:
In your book and during your dialogue with David Gergen, you challenged the idea that conception can be seen as a singular event. Rather, you said biologists have discovered that conception -- as well as other parts of live -- occur as a series of events. The abortion debate, though, still revolves around ideas that definite boundaries can be drawn between live and death and the "born" and "unborn." Why hasn't the abortion debate shifted to include these new discoveries?
Boyce Rensberger responds:
I suspect it's because those on the front lines of the debate are arguing from positions based mainly on emotion and personal tradition. Few debaters have bothered to search the scientific literature before formulating a position.
Another factor has been the reluctance of the scientific community to make the knowledge publicly available. Maybe they remember that even though Galileo presented hard evidence (which any educated person could confirm for himself) that the Earth moved around the sun and not vice versa, society refused to accept the evidence.
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