Why “In Vivo?”

In vivo, Is Latin for, “within the living.” It is used most often with regard to scientific research that is conducted within a living organism, essential for determining, for example, how a drug will behave in the body. Some drugs may seem to work very well in vitro, which is Latin for “in the glass,” or petri dish, but in the complex array of structures and processes that make up the human body, they are ineffective. In vivo studies, therefore, are the gold standard for biological research. This is the basis for another famous Latin phrase, in vivo veritas, “in the living is truth.”

As with scientific studies, queries into the nature of Man are also best addressed “within the living organism.” Are good and evil absolute realities, or are they simply dependent upon one’s point of view?  Does human life have meaning beyond mere survival?  What is the source of morality and conscience?  These are not questions that can be studied in the glass, as though all truth could be found in the human genome.  Such queries must be undertaken in vivo, within the full scope of human life, integrating biological sciences with philosophical understanding and metaphysical considerations.  A human person is not a mass-produced machine filled with haphazard emotions and desires.  Each person is a unique being with free will, incorporated into a worldwide community of minds, souls and bodies that is Man.

Our publications explore human life from this integrated point of view.

In vivo veritas.