How could synthetic biology facilitate cancer treatments?

Cancer new treatment using synthetic biology At the present time, there are objective limitations for treating certain diseases, such as cancer. Now, Kitada and colleagues study published in NATURE (See HERE) have suggested that part of these limitations can be resolved using...

Synthetic Biology. Engineering and biology combined to create a minimal genome

Can these discoveries produce “synthetic life”? On 24th March this year, an article by Craig Venter and his team was published in Science (see HERE), in which they described how they obtained an organism with the smallest genome of any known form of cell life....

Another step forward in the field of synthetic biology

DNA is the organic support for genetic information. It is arranged in two parallel columns within the chromosomes. It is made up of base pairs of nucleotides (adenine, cytosine, thymine and guanine), which form the main structural element of DNA. They are molecules composed of a...

The ethics of synthetic biology. The production of “new” organisms

It is a promising technology that raises new ethical and philosophical issues, but which may also open great new opportunities for improving human life The aim of synthetic biology is to produce new biological systems that can be used to improve those currently existing, or to...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014
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Is egg donation an exploitation of women? Three comments on business egg donation

Egg Donation Often Involves Coercion Egg donors are recruited through ads in online classifieds, social media, and college newspapers, offering anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000. These ads rarely if ever make any mention of the potential health risks involved, nor do they reveal...

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...

New artificial species. Could they affect biodiversity?

An article was recently published in the blog Practical Ethics, defending the use of synthetic biology and gene editing to obtain new organisms that do not exist in nature. Its author argues that if biodiversity is valuable, then it should be promoted, adding new species instead...

Reproductive medicine and the production of bioartificial organs

Reproductive medicine and the production of bioartificial organs may be a source of hope in the next few years for patients with degenerative lesions of various organs, among them the reproductive organs. Undoubtedly, in this respect, major advances in stem cell knowledge,...
Posted On 12 May 2017
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Mediterranean anaemia can be treated using gene therapy

Every year, around 300,000 children are born worldwide with β-thalassaemia, a type of hereditary anaemia that, that it presents asymptomatically in most cases, can become fatal. With around 250 million people affected, β-thalassaemia is estimated to be the most common hereditary...
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ABOUT US

 About us The Catholic University of Valencia was founded on 8th of December 2003, the “youngest” of the Spanish Catholic universities. On 20th September 2006, the Institute of Life Sciences was constituted within the University itself, and within it, the Bioethics...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016
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