October 29, 2006 |
WHEN the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court voted to legalize gay marriage in 2003, its opinion rested squarely on the argument that determining the best interests of a child "does not turn on a parent's sexual orientation or marital status." Three years later, the top court in neighboring New York also cited the welfare of children -- but took precisely the opposite stance.
October 29, 2006 |
CHAD HODGE LIKED #694. She was a 21-year-old college student, 5-feet-5, 135 pounds, with straight brown hair, blue eyes and a narrow nose. She had won 16 awards in high school for academics and music, and scored a 1210 on the SAT. She was outgoing, intelligent, responsible and friendly, or at least she said she was. Chad wanted her to be the mother of his children. But David Craig, Chad's partner of seven years, had his heart set on #685.
May 7, 2006 |
In a country known the world over for its strict one-child policy, Cui Hui and his wife would give anything to have that only child. He runs a successful Internet company and she teaches at a university. Married for eight years, they were busy pursuing their careers and kept thinking there would be time down the road to start a family. Now, both 33, they are having trouble conceiving. "We feel a lot of pressure from our peers and our parents," Cui said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2006 |
In the final analysis, the federal watchdogs had to make a no-win choice about the bald eagles of Santa Catalina Island. The birds' eggs were still cracking because of the ravages of DDT. The chances of reproducing on their own, at least in the foreseeable future, seemed dubious at best.
November 1, 2005 |
Although he is mild-mannered and self-effacing, Samuel A. Alito Jr. has compiled such a clear track record in 15 years on the federal appeals court that his nomination Monday to the Supreme Court sparked immediate reactions -- from both fans and critics -- that his presence on the high court would move it to the right. Alito has written strongly conservative decisions on reproductive rights, the role of religion in public life, federalism, defendants' rights and the environment.
May 31, 2005 |
Pope Benedict XVI waded into Italian politics Monday by endorsing calls for voters to boycott a referendum that would ease restrictions on artificial insemination and embryonic research. The hotly contested referendum, which goes before the public in two weeks, would reverse a controversial law that has drastically curtailed the ability of Italian women to seek medical help in getting pregnant.
May 31, 2005 |
BATHED IN MOONLIGHT, A FAT SEAL SPRAWLS on the sand and surveys the undulating blanket of silver and green that covers the shore at Long Beach. A strange slapping sound -- wet rubber against rubber -- fills the air. As far as the eye can see, the beach is slippery with grunion, jumpy little fish the size of ballpark franks, flopping around. An excellent late-night buffet.
May 27, 2005 |
Scientists studying the effects of hormone-mimicking chemicals on humans have reported that compounds called phthalates, used in plastics and beauty products and widely found in people, seem to alter the reproductive organs of baby boys. In the first study of humans exposed in the womb to phthalates, the researchers, who examined the genitalia of male babies and toddlers, found a strong relationship between the chemicals and subtle changes in the size and anatomy of the children's genitals.
April 15, 2005 |
Offering a rare insight into sex and the single dinosaur, researchers announced Thursday the discovery of two unlaid fossilized eggs inside a female dinosaur unearthed in China. The unusual find of a single pair of intact eggs within a dinosaur's body cavity -- remains of a mother who died before she could lay the eggs -- shows that in matters of reproduction, these extinct creatures had as much in common with modern birds as with more primitive reptiles, the scientists reported.
April 2, 2005 |
It's official: Sex is good for you. Well, at least it's good for yeast. From an evolutionary standpoint, sexual reproduction seems to have many disadvantages over the asexual variety. It wastes time and energy, it mixes up perfectly good genes, and females, who do nearly all of the reproductive work, get to pass on only half their genetic material. So scientists have wondered: Why sex?