In the News

Greek police have broken up an egg harvesting ring that was harvesting eggs from immigrant women for Greek women seeking IVF.

Most of the women alleged to have been exploited by the gang had been brought to Greece, ostensibly for legitimate jobs, before being sold into prostitution and then being forced to agree to the removal of their eggs.

A clinic in Cyprus has been shut down for purchasing eggs from women. The law there states that donors may be compensated for expenses, but eggs cannot be sold. Now people who have embryos at the clinic are seeking to get them back. Apparently the the police siezed the embryos when the clinic was shut down for suspicsion of human egg trafficking in May.

A hospital chain has been charged with trafficking in human organs for years.

Interesting times.

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I’m a big fan of the original Star Trek series, and I’ve seen a couple of episodes of Cribs. So this is fun.

HT: Joe Carter who posted 29 additional videos you might enjoy.

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Adding to my Netflix Queue

Christianity Today has an interview with the writer / director of the film

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Coming Attraction: Never Let Me Go

From the promotional materials:

In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Now director Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO), writer Alex Garland and DNA Films bring Ishiguro’s hauntingly poignant and emotional story to the screen. Kathy (Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan, AN EDUCATION), Tommy (Andrew Garfield, BOY A, RED RIDING) and Ruth (Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

See also: Book Review: Never Let Me Go

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Interesting color photos from the 30s and 40s

“These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations . . .”

Denver Post

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Carson Online

Looking forward to being able to watch some Carson online. Doesn’t look like the general public be able to see all of it, but some is better than none.

LA Times

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Latest Project

Latest project I’m involved in — a documentary on egg donation. Trailer, clips, and additional material available on the website ( DVDs shipping next week.

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A Review of Splice

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager

Splice is a science fiction / horror film about genetic experimentation gone wrong. Clive and Elsa (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) are scientists working to combine strands of DNA from multiple animals to create a new organism that will generate proteins aimed at curing animal diseases. Achieving success in their animal experiments, Elsa is anxious to move on to working with human DNA. However, the pharmaceutical company for which they work is focused on generating quick profits on animal cures, and announces they are retooling the lab for protein research rather than DNA research.

Elsa convinces Clive to initiate a human DNA experiment, simply to see if they can get the genes to combine. Away from everyone else in the lab, they start the experiment, then move it to the next step, then to the next — each time promising one another they will stop the experiment before the step is complete — until a full-term creature is born (via an artificial womb).

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Gehry’s New Building

Frank Gehry has a new building up.  It’s a brain health research center associated with the Cleveland Clinic, although this center is in Vegas.

The LA Times ran a review earlier this week, and today a follow up on the varied reactions Gehry’s work always prompts.

For the record, based on what I can see from the pictures and the LAT review, I love it (not that my opinion counts for anything).

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Lost is Almost Over

But there is a ton of stuff you can do in the mean time. Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen has a post highlighting several options.

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