Nature changes its policy allowing experimentation with human embryos. Why?

Nature Group does not explain the reasons for this change. In any case, the question remains if its decision is based on new scientific evidence. Research using human embryos and embryonic stem cells has prompted a fierce ethical debate. As editors of these types of studies, the...

Human embryos research and the Politics of Bioethics

Ethical objective questions posed by human embryo experimentation are exacerbated by the deregulate gene editing techniques research including biohackers A book has been published by Columbia University, entitled “Experiments in Democracy. Human Embryo Research and the Politics...

Moral assessment of frozen human embryos adoption in the Magisterium of Catholic Church

Our Observatory published a paper in the journal Acta Bioética that for its relevance we want to make known our readers. The criterion of the Catholic Church in addition to giving a moral instruction to its faithful is an undoubted reference, in so difficult matter, for all the...

Frozen embryos donation figures. Human embryos transferred increased over the years

It is difficult to find objective data on the practice of embryo donation. Now, a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has provided data on this topic for the period 2000 to 2013 in the United States. As we know, with the use of in vitro...

Scientists cloned human embryos and modify their genome. Medical and ethical approach

The technique has 2 ethical difficulties human embryo cloning and germline modifications Over the last few months, several articles have been published reporting genome editing experiments on human embryos (See HERE  ). Now, a team of Chinese researchers has published a new study...

The human embryo mapped in three dimensions. Technique and bioethical approach

A team of researchers from the Institut Vision in Paris and the Jean-Pierre Aubert Research Centre, under the direction of Alain Chedotal, have managed to map the human embryo  in three dimensions (see HERE the published study), which, they believe, permit better understanding of...

CRISPR. Viable human embryos genetically edited in the USA. Technique and ethical controversies

Numerous complications could go unnoticed in this study On 26th July, the journal MIT Technology Review  announced that the CRISPR technique (see HERE) had been applied in human embryos for the first time in the United States, in a study led by embryologist Shoukhrat Mitalipov of...

The biological status of the early human embryo. When does human life begin?

“Those who argue that that embryo can be destroyed with impunity will have to prove that this newly created life is not human. And no-one, to the best of our knowledge, has yet been able to do so.” Introduction In order to determine the nature of the human embryo, we need to know...

CRISPR used in viable human embryos and germline genetic modification. An ethical approach

From an ethical point of view, the use and destruction of human embryos, members of our species and worthy of full dignity is completely unacceptable and, it should be noted,  these experiments involve genetic modification of the germline, the safety of which is still far from...

Genetic engineering of human embryos to treat diseases. An unprejudiced reflection

In the last five years, many laboratories worldwide have employed the genetic engineering technique known as CRISPR/Cas9, in the hope that it might one day be used to treat human diseases. Things seem to have accelerated in the last few days though, after the authorisation in the...