More Fun with the Airline Screening Playset: Body Imaging X-Ray Edition!

November 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Daniel Solove’s post is a must see.

TSA Chief Defends Body Imaging, (Falsely) Asserts It Would Have Foiled Christmas Bomber

November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

On Wednesday, TSA Director John Pistole testified before two Congressional committees. Citizen backlash at whole body imaging (WBI) screening and aggressive physical searches made its way into his testimony. Media continue to report claims made by government officials without advising the reader than the official is, to be polite, severely stretching the truth.

I have documented the claim as reported by the LAT and then refuted it with data from GAO and others, on a site called Storify. I operated on the assumption that the LA Times has accurately portrayed the testimony.

Q: Did the LA Times challenge that claim in its reporting?

A: No.

Therefore, I find this news story an egregious example of poor public service. How long did it take me to find these three reports? Less than five minutes with Google.

I have also uploaded a copy of the written testimony to Scribd.


The Moderate Voice

IVF Imaging Eliminates Octomoms

October 5, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The days of multiple births as a byproduct of IVF may soon be over.

Filming human embryos used for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) at an early stage in their development has allowed scientists to select those with the best chance of going on to develop into healthy babies with an accuracy of more than 93%.

Once the technique is available for use in IVF clinics it should eliminate the need to simultaneously implant several embryos into the uterus - a practice used to increase the chances of successful pregnancy. It could also prevent the problems associated with multiple pregnancy, which occurs when several of the implanted embryos go on to develop successfully.

Multiple pregnancies often lead to miscarriage or the need for foetal reduction - surgical removal of some of the developing foetuses. Nadya Suleman, an American known as ‘Octomom’ in the press, is an extreme example of what can happen if a large number of implanted IVF embryos are carried to term - she give birth to octuplets in 2009.

But the survival of Octomom and all eight of her children was extremely unusual. “Most women cannot carry more than two or three embryos to term - it’s very dangerous,” says Renee Reijo Pera, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University, who led the study, published in the latest issue of Nature Biotechnology.

Remarkable news.  Interesting coming the same week that IVF pioneer Robert G. Edwards won the Nobel Prize in medicine.

via Kurzweil

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