Genome editing and germ line modification. Medical and ethical debate

Genetic modification of the human germline that will pass to children, and to future Gene editing consists of the modification or removal of specific DNA sequences in order, for example, to correct a disease-causing mutation. Early approaches were based on the recognition of...
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Open debate in the UK. Bioethicists and parents argue for a change in childcare law in the UK

 “Best interest” or “independent significant harm test” A paper in the British Medical Journal has called for ‘new solutions’ to disputes between parents and doctors on medical care, in the wake of the Alfie Evans case. Two bioethicists have argued there...

President of the Republic was welcomed by the Catholic Church of France. The good and the bad

What are the great issues that have separated the Church from the French State? In an unprecedented event on April 9, the President of the Republic was welcomed by the Catholic Church of France. Archbishops, members of the clergy and associations, and representatives from the...

Are killer robots stars of a new global arms race?

Countries spending billions on ‘third revolution in warfare’ and UN debates regulation of AI-powered weapons. The US is currently working on the prototype for a tail-less, unmanned X-47B aircraft, which will be able to land and take off in extreme weather conditions and refuel in...

Our Observatory gives a transhumanism lecture in the Week for Life of the European Parliament – Brussels

The Catholic University of Valencia’s Bioethics Observatory has given a lecture at the European Parliament in Brussels as part of the annual Week for Life which One of Us participates since the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative. The lecture was given by Dr Enrique...

Social Freezing. Has it medical and ethical difficulties?

“To freeze the eggs of their female employees, “in order to attract and promote female talent”. Occasionally, and for various reasons, some women wish to postpone motherhood. The most common procedure used to achieve this is to freeze their eggs while young, generally...

Our Bioethics Observatory of the Catholic University of Valencia in One of Us Assembly in the European Parliament

Brussels March 22, 2018.- On March 20, 2018, the European One of Us Federation has celebrated the Ordinary General Assembly in the European Parliament, in Brussels and has participated in the Week for Life Session. Once again, representatives of the civil organizations from th...

Minimal ethics. An expression of contractualism, its tool the consensus decision-making

It assumes that universally valid ethical principles do not exist Minimal ethics is an extension of contractualism – approval or disapproval of society – and, therefore, part of its same presupposition: the impossibility of establishing universally valid ethical...

After a person’s heart stops, the cellular activity and brain waves may continue

“Within about 3 minutes,” lead author Jens Dreier, a professor at the Center for Stroke Research Berlin, wrote to Newsweek in an email, “the brain’s fuel reserves have become depleted.” When that happens, the mechanisms that brain cells use to keep ions separated, somethi...

Ectopic pregnancy. Ethical dilemma

All the interventions directly aimed at inducing the death of the embryo, despite attempts to justify them in order to protect the mother’s life are ethically reprehensible. What is an ectopic pregnancy? On very rare occasions, the embryo that begins its life after the...