Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Search For Immortality Topic On Paltalk

What if, instead of being transplanted, desperately needed hearts, livers, and kidneys could simply be re-grown within your own body? Imagine a genetic technology involving stem cells that allows the body to regenerate injured or diseased organs.

Life as we know it would be utterly changed. Devastating diseases and conditions would no longer mean a death sentence, and life expectancy could reach unheard of highs.

But what about the moral, legal, and ethical implications such a technology entails? Will it be available to everyone, or only the very rich? By using it, would we be playing God?

Today, the news is buzzing with articles and stories about stem cell research, stem cell therapy, federal funding, and stem cells’ incredible powers of self-renewal. This is the premise that legendary author and science expert Ben Bova uses to launch his latest novel, The Immortality Factor, a contemporary thriller that revolves around revolutionary real-life science. Bova will be my guest on News Talk Online on April 14 - the date the book will first be available.

Even in this age of striking scientific advances and ever-accelerating technological breakthroughs, there are remarkably few engaging novels about scientists. The literature, sadly, is mostly ignorant of modern science. And that ignorance can breed fear and even contempt.

Bova argues that scientific research is the most human thing that humans do.

“The drive to understand the world in which we live, and to change it to better suit our needs, is uniquely human," he says.

"Yet there are dark forces of fear and ignorance that oppose this search for understanding. Such conflict offers the novelist a truly fascinating setting for examining the human experience.”

Bova brings this all to light by
combining a real-life hot-button science issue and the ethical dilemmas that surround it with a top-notch storyline that pits two brothers, one a brilliant research scientist, the other a physician renowned for his humanitarian efforts, against one other.

A six-time winner of science fiction’s Hugo Award, the former editorial director of Omni, president emeritus of the National Space Society and past president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Bova is the author of 120 novels and nonfiction books. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a widely-popular lecturer.

To talk to Bova on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time Tuesday April 14 CLICK HERE.

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