D. Joy Riley, M.D.

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Stem Cell Research and “Respecting” the Embryo

Talk about stem cell research seems to be popping up everywhere these days. Stem cell research figured prominently in the last presidential election and is in the news almost daily. In June 2005, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution regarding stem cell research. The House of Representatives has passed a bill on stem cell […]

The Perfection Deception

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" provides a glimpse of mid-19th century perfectionism. At the outset of that story, Aylmer, who has attained some stature in the scientific world, has also procured for himself a bride, Georgiana. Georgiana is an exquisitely beautiful bride — until shortly after the wedding. A tiny crimson birthmark on her face, heretofore […]