“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within...”
Romans 12:2

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The ethics of Cord clamping and stem cell collection

Hilary Butler - Tuesday, July 22, 2008

This afternoon Radio New Zealand, Jim Mora interviewed Professor Bob Williamson (download mp3 here)
about research on stem cells which come from cord blood.  Jim asked Professor Williamson whether there are any ethical issues surrounding cord blood stem cells.  He replied that there weren’t.   Continue Reading


Trust me, I’m the expert

Hilary Butler - Sunday, July 20, 2008

“Good Morning New Zealand, News stories of the day from the 1930’s” is a Horton and Wilson/Moa publication (ISBN 1-86947-66-4) which we were looking through last week. Page 15 in the 1931 section, has an advertisement for Craven “A” cigarettes: Continue Reading


It’s all coincidence, my dear

Hilary Butler - Saturday, July 19, 2008

It’s amazing what happens when a Hollywood star, who happens to be sister in law to a Philadelphia paediatrician gets upset and worried about vaccines.  A story in Cookie Magazine relates how 36 year old Amanda’s neuroticism was so rampant that her brother-in-law arranged a series of phone calls with his mentor, Dr Offit.  Continue Reading