The tech-focused news service has been issuing daily dispatches from last weekend's " Bioethics in the New Millennium" conference at Trinity International University's Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Friday's article, "Religion Grappling With Tech," is a basic introduction to why the conference exists. "A lot of people in religion don't know much about science," the article quotes Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics, as saying. "It hinders their credibility in the scientific community." Charity Bishop, an organizer of the Trinity conference, agrees. "We're providing the cutting-edge information while at the same time an ethical analysis of how we should react to these technologies. It's good to be informed of what the science is capable of so you can make decisions based on reality, but you don't have to be a biochemist to understand the field." Sunday's article, "Bioethicists Man the Pulpit," lamented that the conference was dominated by the same political hot buttons that have been floating around for decades. "Despite the complex ethical issues posed by burgeoning technologies such as human genetics, artificial life, and xenotransplantation, Christian scientists somehow can't stop talking about a well-argued issue: abortion," wrote Jordan Lite, author of Wired News's conference coverage. "The weekend Bioethics in the New Millennium conference brought together a seemingly diverse group of speakers from Vanderbilt University, the Mayo Clinic, Oxford University, and Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project—but the evil of paganism was on everyone's lips." Yesterday's article, " Where's God in the Machine," profiled ...1
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