Uterus transplantation is a promising treatment for women infertility but some bioethical aspects have not yet been solved

In 2014, the first child was born following uterus transplantation, two years after the transplant. Although uterine transplant is still in the experimental phase, it is a promising potential treatment for women suffering from infertility due to uterine causes. See our special...

Are western societies paradigms affecting the mental health of teeangers? Is it a global mental health crisis?

A relevant study made in the United Kingdom population reveals the increasingly unhappy teenage life One in four 14-year-old girls has self-harmed, Children’s Society research has found, as it finds girls are more unhappy than boys at the school for the first time. Using...

Controversy surrounding human cloning at the forefront of bioethical issues

The possibility of human cloning continues to raise major bioethical controversy. This technique has been proposed with three relevant specific ends: the purely reproductive end, as a source of material for organ transplantation and for studying human diseases (see the two...

The man with 3 faces, after an astonishing medical feat. What ethical difficulties can face-transplants pose?

“The man with three faces. These transplants pose, indeed, the question of identity”. Health professionals at Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris have performed a double face transplant (see HERE).  After the first transplant failed in  Jérôme Hamon of France, a...

Cardiac muscle cells, that drive the beating of the heart, developed from iPS cells

Cardiomyocytes produced with success One of the possibilities for the clinical-experimental use of iPS cells is to develop human-like tissues -organoids- for use in basic research or in preclinical therapeutic studies. Now, using iPS cells obtained from primates, a team from...

500 English Catholic priests adhere to the ban on contraception while the English Government asks the Vatican for its repeal

English debate about the Church’s contraception ban   On June 16, 500 priests, who have issued a statement to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the encyclical’s promulgation, state that the Church’s perennial teaching on human sexuality should be at the forefront...

A step to a cancer vaccine. A promising animal trial with autologous iPS cells

 Cancer vaccine advances A new possible use of iPS cells (see medical and ethical advantages of iPS cells treatment) has been opened up, using them as a type of vaccine against cancer. According to a recent study published in journal CELL (see HERE), autologous iPS cells (i.e....

New association launched for the international regulation of genome editing

With the arrival of CRISPR, gene editing has been established as a feasible reality for a multitude of applications, not only therapeutic, but also environmental, livestock and agricultural applications, among others (see the amplitude of possible uses of this technique HERE)....

Charter of rights of the incurable children. Are some children’s life not worth living?

The new scenario deserves particular care and treatments that make specific legislation necessary On 28 May, a seminar course entitled, “Are there incurable children?”, was held at the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital, located at the top of the Janiculum Hill in Rome. One...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part II. Bioethical Aspects

See, Part I Medical aspects – Part III Legal and social aspects Bioethical assessment of medical professional deliberately causing someone’s death In order enter into the bioethical assessment of deliberately causing someone’s death, according to whether or not certain...