On the Bridge: A Conversation Between a Pro-Lifer and an Embryonic Stem Cell Researcher @TheHuffingtonPost

When I investigated human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research for Christianity Today in 2005, the debate about the ethics of the science was heated and tense. I was a pro-lifer who’s child had an incurable disease. What I… Read More

The Case for Male Circumcision @Her.meneutics

I really had no idea how passionate people could be about this topic until I tweeted my intent to respond to a BloggingHeads.tv discussion of it. Below is the intro to my allegedly man-hating take. Above is a photo of my… Read More

Cross-post from NF Endurance Team blog: Why Gabe Will Always Be My NF Hero

It’s a rare photo in which Gabe appears depressed. He was known for his boisterous, charismatic personality. But, from the time he left home for college, he struggled with depression. This photo was taken at my husband’s graduation… Read More

Beauty By Any Means Necessary

My latest post is up at Her.Meneutics. It’s called “Is it a sin to nip and tuck?” and was reclaimed from an article I worked on in 2007 that never made it to print. I offer the original here because… Read More

Clarification on hESCs

Now that I’ve had a moment to breathe (and get some laundry into the washing machine), I thought I should clarify a couple conclusions from my final post on stem cell research. When I stated that human embryonic… Read More

Cheers to hESCs@CHOC

It’s been many, many years since I’ve sipped a cocktail like the one above, but this was the celebratory drink ordered for us by I don’t know whom on the last night of the NIH hESC training course…. Read More

Winding Down

I’m on day 10 or so of conference lectures. Today it’s Stem Cell Culture Secrets and Patent Issues (which combine into quite the quagmire in the hESC field). Yesterday I only attended one talk, that of Gary Robbins,… Read More

Monday Notes on hESCs@CHOC

    Michael Kalichman, director of the Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego, spoke this morning about hESC ethics. His was a probing Q&A format as he tried to get the scientists to think through the pertinent… Read More

Friday Fun with Religion, Science and the Press

Friday, March 7, 2008 ACT I: 12:00 pm, directly after a Psychiatry & Spirituality Forum lecture to psychiatric residents at UC Irvine (Paraphrasing) Senior Staff Doctor: “Hello” Christine: “Hi, I’m Christine. I’m a journalist. I’m doing a story… Read More

hESCs@CHOC 2

Day 2 of the NIH hESC Training Course was fascinating. This year, I’m not hanging with the scientists 10 hours-a-day, but am only attending lectures that might address advances or new challenges in the field. Once again, I’m… Read More

hESCs@CHOC

I’ve gone straight from engaging with pastors to engaging with post-doctoral scientists. What, you ask, do I mean? Well, for the next 10 days, I’ll be at Childrens Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) attending the 5th annual NIH… Read More

2008 NIH-sponsored HESC Course

I’ll once again be attending this year’s NIH course at CHOC. For scientists interested in all types of stem cell research, here are the details: The following information is for the NIH-sponsored Human Embryonic Stem Cell Culture Training Course… Read More