Their shoulders and backs and knees were giving out. Pills and steroid injections hadn’t eased their pain. They were scared of surgery. So, one afternoon last October, two dozen men and women, many of them white-haired, some leaning on canes, shuffled into a meeting room at Robson Ranch, a luxury retirement community in Denton, Texas. Sipping iced tea and clutching brochures that promised a pain-free tomorrow, they checked off their ailments on a questionnaire.They were there to see a presentation by Dr. David Greene, who was introduced as a “retired orthopedic surgeon.” Atlas Medical Center, a local clinic that specializes in pain treatment, hosted the event. Greene, a short, trim man with his hair slicked up, ignored the stage and microphone and stood close to his audience. After warming up the crowd with a joke about his inept golf skills, Greene launched into his sales pitch. A tiny vial no larger than the palm of his hand, he told the group, contains roughly 10 … [Read more...] about The birth-tissue profiteers
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You don't expect to hear that some of the most cutting-edge biotechnology is now part of the elite game of polo, "the ancient sport of kings." But on a trip to Argentina last December, we went to a big polo match -- and discovered that several of the champion horses on the field were clones. It's a big day in Buenos Aires -- the final match in this year's World Cup/Super Bowl of polo called the Argentine Open -- with the usual pageantry, the tango included. In polo, the horses, called ponies, are just as important as their riders. The two teams are La Dolfina in white and Ellerstina in black. Each team has four players who ride as many as a dozen horses during matches. All of the players today have reached the highest ranking in the sport -- a 10 goal handicap. The player generating the most interest is the man in the blue and white helmet, Adolfo Cambiaso. He's led his team to victory for the last five years. At 42, he's the Tom Brady of polo. Adolfo Cambiaso: I love the sport that … [Read more...] about The polo team that uses cloned horses