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nucleus: summer 1998

Editorial

In this issue we have made a concerted effort to tackle the issue of evolution in a way that is both helpful and honest. Although not strictly medical, we understand it to be of crucial importance to all Christian medical students. To many of our colleagues the edifice of Darwinism...

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Cloning

A Chicago physicist plans to open a human cloning clinic within the year and hopes to produce the first human clone within 18 months. Dr Seed, who says he will move abroad if prevented from operating in the US, says that cloning will enable humanity to become 'closer to God'....

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Obituary - Dr Verna Wright

After meeting Verna, it could be a shock to discover his standing in the world of medical science. Few professors show such concern and interest in medical students and encourage them in faith! Verna studied medicine at Liverpool University where he also did his postgraduate year. He then spent two...

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News Review

Standards and numbers falling in British Medical Schools? Moves to legalise cannabis Acupuncture effective against nausea states new report Prisoners' organs on sale Abortion Roundup Amnesty International speaks out against lethal injections Superstition on the increase Fertility treatments AIDS/HIV epidemic worsening Free Sex? Safe Sex? Genetic cure for ageing? Calls...

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Evolution - a Theory in Crisis?

Definitions of Evolution Discussion of evolution is frequently fogged by failure to recognise that the term is used in different ways. It is helpful to distinguish between micro- and macro-evolution, although the distinction is sometimes resisted. Microevolution Microevolution refers to evolution at and below the species level,[1] as exemplified...

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Surrogacy

A Dutch couple, Mr & Mrs Peters, had been trying to have a baby for over ten years. As a last resort they commissioned a British woman, Karen Roche, to be a surrogate mother and bear a child for them. However, three months into the pregnancy, Mrs Roche claimed that...

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Deadly Questions... on Abortion (part 2)

1. Surely we can't return to the days of back street abortionists and abortion tourism? The argument that 'safe and legal' abortion is necessary to stop 'thousands of women' dying at the hands of back street abortionists is ill-founded. Claims about death rates have been wildly exaggerated; take for eample the...

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Differential Diagnosis 24

The Hebrew word translated in the NIV as 'injured' gives us no clues as elsewhere in scripture it is used in a very non-specific way (see Judges 16:7, 1 Samuel 19:14, 1 Kings 14:5, Psalm 35:13). However, we do know that falling from a height most often leads to traumatic...

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Fishing the Net

Hmmm. Evolution. Creationism. This should be a nice quiet topic. Altavista holds over 100 000 sites containing both the words evolution and creation. To help you pick your way through this highly charged debate, I have selected a few choice sites that put forward their case in a calm rational...

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Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult (Book Review)

One word comes into mind as I review this book - excellent! My advice: order a copy, read it, enjoy it, use it. Why is this book so different to many others on the same topic? Well, the title for a start: at last someone acknowledges that sharing our faith...

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Know Your Bible 26

Answers It was John who experienced indigestion after eating the little scrollgiven to him by an angel. Although its contents were sweet to his mouth,they turned his stomach sour (signifying the suffering involved in themessage.) (Rev 10:8-11) Ravens fed Elijah with bread and meat during the drought when he stayedin the...

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