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Guest Blogger Danio, one last time: Part I Part II Part III The current standard of pediatric care mandating that all newborns undergo hearing screenings has been applied successfully throughout much of the industrialized world. Early identification of hearing impairments gives valuable lead-time to parents and health care providers during which they can plan medical…

Protecting the Right of Conscience?

Guest Blogger Danio, sneaking a few more posts in: Remember that execrable HHS policy document that proposes an extension of the current protections for health care workers who refuse to provide or assist in treatments that they personally find morally objectionable? I did a little back-tracking on this issue, and followed the trail of HHS…

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CNN has a poll in need of Pharyngulisation: “Do you believe God’s intervention could save a family member even if doctors say treatment would be futile?” Naturally, ‘God’ is an assumed reality in this scenario. Go crash that bastard. ~Danio

Guest Blogger Danio: The time has come to delve into the retinal component of Usher syndrome. In Part II, I briefly described the results of protein localization studies, in which most members of the Usher cohort were found at the connecting cilium of the photoreceptor and at the photoreceptor synapse. The following diagram summarizes these…

Canoe’s recent poll asks: Do you believe physicians should have the right to refuse medical treatment if it is against their beliefs? Scroll down to the bottom of the right hand side of the page to find the poll. To clarify, as it’s been brought up that this is a poorly worded poll: based on…

LisaJ here again. Wow. Now here’s a story that just disturbed me to no end. Little Javon Thompson’s mother, 21 year old Ria Ramkissoon, became a Christian at a young age, but when her local pastor disappointed her by pleading guilty to molesting young boys, she left her church and was taken in instead by…

A problem with normal

MAJeff here. LisaJ’s Danio’s (hangover error) posts about Usher Disease (I and II), as well as my own syllabus preparation for the upcoming semester, have gotten me thinking about issues of intersexuality. In particular, her noting of the geographic issues related to the prevalence of various forms of Usher disease reminded me of the concentration…

We’ve got a poll that needs crashing!

OK, I’m sure you’re all dying to crash a poll that really needs it. I’ve seen a bunch of you begging for this one in the comments of the last few posts. So here it is… msnbc asks: Should the phrase ‘In God we Trust’ be removed from US currency? Right now the poll is…

My connection to Sonic Hedgehog

Some more pure science from guest blogger LisaJ: Everyone seems to love a little Sonic Hedgehog around here. Whenever PZ discusses another function that this fascinating gene is capable of, much excitement ensues in the comment posts. So I thought I would take this opportunity to talk a bit about what I study, and how…

Johann Hari had a great piece in the Independent this week (with follow-up blog posts here and here) about increasing scrutiny of religion in general, and of Islam in particular. An author named Sherry Jones has written a book, called The Jewel of Medina, that will never see the light of day because it novelizes…