From The Philosophers' Magazine, a review of Darwinism and its Discontents by Michael Ruse. More on Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People by John Harris. A review of Science and Ethics: Can Science Help Us Make Wise Moral Judgments? A review of Re-Engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings: Piecewise Approximations to Reality by William C. Wimsatt. Trees by design: What happens when genetic engineering comes to the forest? Can plants think? This slime solved a maze.  From Wired, here are the top 10 new organisms of 2007. Whatever happened to smallpox? Humanity stomps nature but is still vulnerable to humanity. A spectrum of disorders: An article on the urgent search to understand the biological basis of autism. Can a drug cure an addict? Researchers are working on a vaccine that could neuter the effects of narcotics like cocaine, but some experts warn this magic bullet could backfire. Questionable numbers for a questionable remedy: Echinacea might be useful as a cold remedy or preventative, but science hasn't shown it yet. A review of Snake Oil Science: The Truth About Complementary and Alternative Medicine by R. Barker Bausell.

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