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nucleus: winter 2000

Editorial

How have you spent your summer? Three former members of the Nucleus team have had a hectic time; they began their house-jobs on August 1st. We’d like to thank Sophie Critchley, Howard Bunting and Phil Underwood warmly for their indispensable work over the years and wish them God’s richest blessings...

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Gene Genies?

'The outstanding achievement not only of our time but in human history.’ So declared Michael Dexter, Director of the Wellcome Trust, in June following the joint announcement by the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics that they had deciphered the 3.1 billion letters of human DNA. It has been claimed...

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Therapeutic Cloning?

Britain is set to approve therapeutic cloning. The Donaldson Committee Report, commissioned by the British Government, has recommended that scientists should be allowed to clone stem cells from human embryos to create new tissue for medical and research purposes. (This differs from reproductive cloning, which involves the creation of duplicate...

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Mud, Sweat and Fears...

Brucellosis is usually caught through infected milk... err... true? ‘Malaria is spread mainly by giant hippos, with swollen, bloodshot eyes and rock star eyebrows that join in the centre (if they forget to shave in between biting people).’ True or false? Negatively marked! The hippo suddenly transforms into the evil,...

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Romanian Ramblings

Picture the scene: four hours after taking off from London Gatwick, three British medics, speaking one word of Romanian between them, are amongst 180 medical students in Bucharest, all wearing name badges... written in Romanian. What’s going on? You’ve guessed it: it can only be a Christian conference! On 7-9...

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A Brief History of the ASMCR

1989-1990: After the revolution medical students met up in Bible study groups run by international organisations and made contact with Christian doctors and students in other countries. The Christian Medical Association in Romania (AMCR) was founded as an interdenominational Christian and professional organisation. 1994-1995: Medical students helped to distribute medical...

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News Review

Pill fails to Prevent Teenage Pregnancies Transsexual Marriage Human Genome Unveiled Abortion Reforms Rejected Abortion Leaflet Free to Schools Abortion Ship To Make Waves Section 28 Latest Sweeping Sex Laws Reforms Gay Dads Expecting Again Third World Debt HIV and AIDS Update BMA Endorses Acupuncture Public for Lottery-Funded NHS NHS...

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Near-Death Experiences

Rene’s van aquaplaned out of control, smashing her skull on an industrial power pole: ‘I was moving headfirst through a dark maelstrom of what looked like black boiling clouds. I felt that I was being beckoned to the sides; that frightened me. Ahead was a tiny dot of bright light...

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Addiction - Helping Others and Ourselves

The treatment of addictions, including drug addictions, is part of the job of all doctors: ‘Drug mis-users have the same entitlement as other patients to the services provided by the NHS. It is the responsibility of all doctors to provide the care for both general health needs and drug related...

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Islam - How to Reach your Neighbour

Of all the world religions, it is perhaps Islam that poses the biggest threat and challenge to Christianity. There are several reasons for this. Strength in numbers, a missionary outlook, a cohesive social system that is resistant to outside influence; all play a part. But above all, Islam strikes at...

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Differential Diagnosis 33

The Levitical code of cleanliness was given to the children of Israel at the time of the Exodus. There are many arguments as to what was the reason for this. Some argue that the primary role was a sanitary code that enabled the Jews who were living in the cramped...

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Know Your Bible 35

Answers The Lord offers peace to the contrite, ‘but the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. 'There is no peace,' says my God, 'for the wicked'’. (Is 57:20-21) Solomon warns of the loss of teeth, failing manual dexterity, deafness, vertigo, mental...

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