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  • Cloned monkeys spur warnings against human cloning

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    SHANGHAI (BP) -- The first-ever primates cloned through a technique that produced Dolly the sheep have been cited by Christian bioethicists as a potentially valuable development in animal research. But they warned that two monkeys engineered by Chinese researchers must not become a step toward cloning humans.

    The cloning method used by the Chinese scientists "should not become a test case for the perfection of human cloning techniques," said Raymond Johnson, a Pennsylvania pastor who received a financial award from Trinity International University last year to help him study the relationship between Christianity and science. Read More

  • Swimming bacteria defy Darwin

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service , posted Monday, January 22, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Tiny biological motors that give bacteria the power to swim possess a complexity that baffles scientists and undercuts Darwin's theory of evolution. A recent study in Scientific Reports claims the existence of the motors shows evolution produces inevitable and creative ideas, terminology that sounds more like the work of God than of natural selection.

    "Natural selection is supposed to be blind, random, and uncaring, but not here," Discovery Institute experts noted Jan. 8 on the organization's blog. Read More

  • Scientists' gender findings said to confirm Bible

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Scientists' claim that a researcher's sex can affect the outcome of experiments has been cited as corroboration of biblical teaching on gender.

    According to a Jan. 10 article in the journal Science Advances, volunteers for experiments as diverse as intelligence tests and pain sensitivity studies have been found to respond differently when they are dealing with a researcher of the opposite gender. At times, those gender-based differences have skewed the outcome of experiments, wrote a team of neuroscientists led by Colin Chapman. Read More

  • Scientists poke holes in natural selection

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, September 25, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Darwinian concept of natural selection seems pretty straightforward: The most fit survive and pass their genes on to their offspring, while unfit organisms die off. But new research, published in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, shows survival is a lot more complicated, and natural selection is neither clear-cut nor provable.

    The researchers, who study natural selection as it relates to infectious diseases, explained the theory does not account for environmental changes. Read More

  • Eclipse displays 'God's glory,' astronomers say

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When millions gather Aug. 21 to view the first total solar eclipse the continental U.S. has seen in 38 years, they won't just get an astronomy lesson. If they're observant, they'll also get a theology lesson.

    That's the conclusion of three Christian university professors who told Baptist Press a total eclipse points to God's existence, sovereignty, love, immutability and faithfulness.

    "Eclipses are demonstrations of God's glory" and serve as "yet another example of creation pointing back to our Creator," said California Baptist University astronomer Kyle Stewart. Read More

  • DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever. But a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary bioethicist says the research in question was unethical for its destruction of embryos and raises moral questions about genetic engineering.

    The research -- published Wednesday (Aug. 2) in the journal Nature -- used a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 to correct in dozens of embryos a genetic mutation that causes a potentially fatal heart condition. The embryos were purposefully created with the mutation and destroyed following the experiment. Read More

  • From baby mice to designer humans?

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (one year ago)

    Ethicists warn about the moral and legal implications of creating eggs from other cells in the body. Read More

  • Fossils said to be 'at odds' with evolutionary theory

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    A cache of newly discovered fossils from an ancient human species, says a biologist associated with the intelligent design movement, underscores the inadequacy of materialistic evolution to explain human origins. Read More

  • Texas adopts 'compromise' language on evolution

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    The Texas State Board of Education has approved streamlined science standards for grades K-12 in a move that placated both conservative and progressive constituencies concerned with the teaching of evolution in Texas public schools. Read More

  • March to voice scientists' concerns

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Organizers of a "March for Science" in Washington claim their event will express the views of scientists worried about the future of their profession under the Trump administration. But critics say the march may be driven by liberal ideology more than empirical science.

    William Dembski, a science and culture analyst who formerly served as a leading voice in the Intelligent Design movement, told Baptist Press a "'March for Science' only becomes necessary when ideologues, claiming the mantle of science and seeking to deny it to others, look to politics to decide issues that properly need to be decided by reason and evidence." Read More