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  • Canada’s National Post has a story on the growing trend to abort via selective reduction 1 child in a pregnancy with twins for purely elective reasons:

    Like so many other couples these days, the Toronto-area business executive and her husband put off having children for years as they built successful careers. Both parents were in their 40s — and their first son just over a year old — when this spring the woman became pregnant a 2nd time. 7 weeks in, an ultrasound revealed the Burlington, Ontario resident was carrying twins.

    “It came as a complete shock,” said the mother, who asked not to be named. “We’re both career people. If we were going to have 3 children 2 years apart, someone else was going to be raising our kids….

    All of a sudden our lives as we know them and as we like to lead them, are not going to happen.”

    She soon discovered another option: Doctors could “reduce” the pregnancy from twins to a singleton through a little-known procedure that eliminates selected fetuses — and has become increasingly common in the past 2 decades amid a boom in the number of multiple pregnancies….

  • In another piece on selective reduction, the Huffington Post has a post by Shira Hirschman Weiss about how she “reduced” triplets to twins by aborting the child who they couldn’t get genetic results from:

    We had been able to see one thing about the reduced fetus on the screen prior to reduction: He was also a boy. While I’m glad to have known that about him, I am sad that I never got to know him. What would he have been like? Did I do something terrible or did I save my other 2 children?

    After the twins’ premature arrival, doctors had said not to regret the reduction. They explained that triplets would have arrived even earlier…. But then I think, well, maybe the doctors would’ve taken the right measures to ensure that I carried them as long as possible….

    While there are so many possibilities, I have to stop myself from this vicious loop-de-loop of over-thinking. I can not wonder “what if?”

  • Stem cell researchers have transformed immature human sperm stem cells into cells which produce insulin in mice:

    Ian Gallicano and colleagues used germ-derived pluripotent stem cells, which are made from the spermatogonial stem cells. They nurtured these cells in the lab with compounds designed to make these cells start acting like pancreatic beta cells, which produce insulin.

    When transplanted into diabetic mice, these cells produced insulin, acting like the pancreatic beta cells that the body mistakenly destroys in type-1 diabetes, Gallicano’s team told a meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in Philadelphia.

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