“I think we're all still trying to figure out the ethics of dying.”

—Anita L. Allen, Penn professor of law and philosophy, on the increased attention to end-of-life issues during the debate over Terry Schiavo. (Baltimore Sun, March 19, 2005)


Originally published on March 31, 2005

“Nearly everything that is going on in your body reveals itself in some way in the fluids in your mouth, whether it is from saliva, mucous or the plaque on your teeth.”

—Daniel Malamud, Penn professor of biochemistry, on research that suggests saliva could be used instead of blood to test patients for diseases.
(The Irish Times, Feb. 18, 2005) .

Originally published on March 17, 2005

“They’re second-tier athletes who would like to be in the first tier.”

—H. Lee Sweeney, chairman of physiology at the Penn School of Medicine, on the athletes who e-mail him inquiring whether gene therapy could make them better. Gene therapy, some say, could becoming a new doping fad, but Sweeney and others warn the practice has its dangers.
(The Toronto Star, Jan. 16, 2005)

Originally published on January 27, 2005

“I wouldn’t dare. …because the bronze they were stored in is loaded with lead—at levels as high as 20 percent—and I’m not interested in a touch of lead poisoning.”

—Patrick McGovern, adjunct associate professor of anthropology, on not tasting his discovery of a 9,000-year-old Chinese fermented drink
(San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 7).

Originally published on January 13, 2005

“I’d seen the exit-poll numbers … and thought Kerry had won. The subsequent articles trying to explain what had happened made no sense to me." ”

—Steven Freeman, visiting scholar at Penn, on the reason he began researching exit-polling after the presidential election. (Seattle Times, November 25)

Originally published on December 9, 2004

“The Internet is not the place for honesty in getting a mate, getting a loan and probably getting a kidney.”

—Arthur Caplan, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, on the increasing use of the Internet by organ donors and recipients to find each other (USA Today, October 26)

Originally published on November 18, 2004

“The corporation is a difficult place for black people to navigate. I saw a lot of 'floating'... where people make all these work friends, but never took them home.”

— Elijah Anderson, sociology professor, on the difficulty of racial assimilation in the workplace (St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 22).

Originally published on November 4, 2004

“It would be a mistake to try to make pets of wild rats.”

—Karen Rosenthal, director of special species at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, on the dangers of welcoming these disease-carrying rodents into the home (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 26)

Originally published on April 17, 2003

“There is also the possibility that you humanize the soldiers and some of them come home in a body bag.”

—Kathleen Hall Jamieson, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, on whether or not granting access to the media helps the military sell the war (Chicago Tribune, March 21)

Originally published on April 3, 2003

“They don’t put money into data collection. That’s considered pansy. That’s not what real men do.”

Originally published on March 20, 2003