Human embryo and its mother. Their dialogue extends to the genomic area

A key issue in the Masters in Bioethics taught at our Catholic University is the “biological status of the human embryo”, because demonstrating that the early human embryo (from the blastocyst phase) is a biological being of our species and not a uniform cluster of...

Dignity of the human embryo from fecundation is recognised by the European Court of Human Rights

On 27 August, 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its judgement in the case of Parrillo vs. Italy (Application no. 46470/11), rejecting by 16 to 1 the applicants desire to donate human embryos to be used in biomedical research, an act...

Genetic enhancement of unborn children. Is it ethically acceptable?

Using techniques aimed at “improving” the human being, so-called genetic enhancement raises objective ethical problems. This has now been extended to the prenatal period, with the use of genetic techniques in unborn children. The author of the article in question,...

Early embryonic development – He who will be a man is already one

When we listen to statements on early embryo development such as how a human embryo is not a human being, or that it is only a cluster of cells, or its biological significance is questioned or other similar phrases that try to minimize or take away importance from the early...

Human embryo. Which biological entity is requiered?

Defining which biological entity can be considered a human embryo is an outstanding bioethical issue, since it can be manipulated depending  on whether it is recognised as so or not. This affects a great many biomedical practices, especially in the ethical assessment of the use...
Posted On 09 Feb 2015
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Eugenics. Embryos lost due the Genetic Diagnosis

Data from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) on the use and results of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in Europe have been published. The main data included in the report are as follows: The study included 11,130 oocytes collected, 12.8 per...
Posted On 06 Feb 2015
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Is it morally licit to use cell lines obtained from currently stored embryonic stem cells?

One of our colleagues, a doctor in Molecular Biology who is currently conducting post-doctoral research in the United States, mentioned to us that he had “recently discovered that the cells with which he was working come from human embryos, the famous HEK-293 cells”....

Embryo reduction, common practice in HIV techniques. Healthy fetuses elimination to “solve” the problem of multiple pregnancies

“We believe that even a single fetal reduction is ethically questionable and that the practice should not be in use at all” One of the main consequences of the use of In Vitro Fertilization is the significant increase in multiple pregnancies; however, this can also be...
Posted On 01 Apr 2014
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