Role of genetic engineering in European agriculture

Criticises the attitude of politicians, on not recognising the value of new farming technologies The scientific advisor HFFA Research GmbH has published a study entitled “ The economic, social and environmental value of plant breeding in the European Union” on the...

Three-parent babies. Two children have been born by mitochondrial transfer technique

We recently discussed mitochondrial transfer in the United Kingdom (see HERE). On 15 December 2016, the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority approved this technique to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial diseases, i.e. the technique colloquially known as the...

Figures of deaths and displacement, due to war and environmental change never seen since World War II

Deaths and displacement due to the war in African countries. The war in Syria has already caused more than 200,000 deaths. More than 10,000 people have died in internal conflicts in Southern Sudan, and in the Central African Republic, around 500,000 have been displaced from their...

Ethical questions about mitochondrial replacement in humans. Three-parent baby technique

We thus consider it necessary to establish a moratorium on their use in humans, at least until more is known about these aspects. If this knowledge is obtained, ethical questions would still remain to be resolved, among which we consider the most relevant to be those related to...

Transhumanism: the abolition of man?

Transhumanist goal intends to free human beings from their human condition with technological support What is transhumanism? What is the meaning of this concept? When we hear the word transhumanism, the idea may come to mind that it is possible to improve human nature, to go...

In vitro fertilization risks in mothers with heart problems

In vitro fertilization risks  (IVF) and the medical complications that can be associated with it has been treated by our Observatory. Now we refer to women with heart disease are known to have an increased risk of suffering medical complications compared to healthy women...

Open ethical debate: Are gene editing techniques ethical in reproductive medicine?

Author’s opinion: The use of these techniques is currently medically and ethically unjustifiable. The United Kingdom has recently approved mitochondrial transfer (3 parents children) to prevent the development of mitochondrial diseases in the children of mothers affected by...

United States commits to improve both physicians training and palliative care quality

A system to prepare physicians to address this type of medical need that showed a significant improvement in the quality of life expected in patients with serious illnesses. In 1998 in the United States, only 15% of hospitals with 50 beds or more had an official palliative care...

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...

Serotonin produced from neurons obtained with iPS and embryonic stem cells

Serotonin is implicated in functions as important as humour, sadness, feelings of aggression, anxiety and sleep disturbances, among others. A deficiency in serotonin release has been related with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, chronic...