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Moral Women, Immoral Technologies: Negotiating Gender, Religion, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies

By Danielle Czarnecki

Pope Francis made headlines in February when he told an audience in St. Peter’s Square that, “The choice to not have children is selfish.” In a more recent homily, he… 740 more words


Event and Gallery Opening! From Ether to Epidural by Jacqueline Wolf

Anesthesia: it calls to mind surgeries, treatment of shock–the rendering of a patient unconscious and free (temporarily) from pain.  But anesthesia has played an enormous role in the shifting ideas surrounding labor and birth in America generally–and right here in Cleveland. 267 more words

Medical History

World’s oldest sperm discovered in Antarctica – 50 million years after its preservation

Scientists from Sweden have found a fossilised cocoon in Antarctica containing the world’s oldest sperm.

The discovery of the fossilised sperm found inside the walls of a 50 million-year-old worm cocoon has been branded “remarkable” by scientists.The findings, published by The Royal Society, say that the specimen is the oldest animal sperm ever found.Benjamin Bomfleur, a researcher at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, said that the discovery happened by accident. 145 more words


Living (and Breathing) Museum Research

When the museum receives donations from the community, sometimes little surprises find their way into unexpected collections. Frequently, we classify artifacts based on the donor’s description and our expectations. 674 more words

Medical History

Sperm Grown in a Lab for the First Time

In a breakthrough that could lead to a treatment for thousands of infertile men, scientists have grown human sperm cells in a laboratory for the first time. 196 more words

Science And Technology

Rediscovering the Birthing Chair: Delivering Life While Sitting Up

Blog by Anneliese Braunegg, student at Case Western Reserve University
Essay winner, USNA 287Q Gothic Science, SAGES 2015
Instructor: Dr. Brandy Schillace

Envision two women. Each is in labor, each is in pain, and each is accompanied by a professional caretaker who is assisting her in giving birth. 1,669 more words

Medical History

What's the deal with authenticity?

People are extremely attached to their physical possessions. I don’t mean to generalize, but suppose I were to console you upon your dearest possession being destroyed by offering you an exact replica. 319 more words