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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Alternative to the use of saviour siblings

One alternative to the creation and use of saviour siblings is the possibility of deriving cell lines from the embryos created (saviour embryos). Cells are then differentiated from them that can be transplanted to treat the sick sibling (Reproductive Biology online 20; 667-674,...
Posted On 04 Feb 2014
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Early embryo development raises ethical concerns

Although quite technical in nature, there is an issue which is linked to early embryo development that also raises some significant ethical concerns, that is, how pluripotency in embryonic cells is controlled (the ability to form cells from all tissues using embryonic stem...
Posted On 14 Jan 2014
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An study can allow the understanding of male and female infertility

Since the successful creation of iPS cells, the generation of cell lines from different tissues has been widely performed. Their use has been recently extended to the production of human gametes in an attempt to study the causes of male and female infertility. The production of...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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Madrid hosted a European Congress on Transsexuality

The city of Madrid hosted the Second European Congress on Transsexuality, which offered a forum on many of the medical issues associated to sex reassignment surgery. Many lightly affirm that, this procedure should be performed, given that it is technically possible to do so....
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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International study on gender-based violence

Three out of every ten women have experienced some form of violence. Nearly one out of every ten women has experienced sexual violence. Of those who are killed, more than one in three are killed by a someone they are close to, according to the first international study on...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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Human iPS cells, hope to a serious medical problem

The use of human iPS cells in the treatment of stroke in mice offers hope in the treatment of this serious medical problem, according to an article published in Stem Cell Research Therapy (2013,4:73), which states that neural stem cells derived from human iPS cells were...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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USA bans patents on natural human genes

On 13 June the Supreme Court of the United States published their decision to ban patents on natural human genes, doubtless one of the most-awaited rulings this year. Nevertheless, patents will be allowed for the production of synthetic DNA. This ruling will affect Myriad...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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How many surrogate mothers were in USA in 2008?

In keeping with the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008, in the United States, 915 women acted as gestational carriers, or surrogate mothers. A gestational carrier is defined as being a woman who gives birth to a child that is not...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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Abortion restriction in USA

The United States House of Representatives has approved a bill which would restrict access to abortion across the country past 20 weeks of gestation. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), presented by Republican Trent Franks from Arizona, would put an end to...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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