Another molecular revolution. The atlas of human embryonic development

We publish the full text of the article published in the Civica magazine last January (Spanish version HERE) that we consider of great bioethical interest. By now, at this advanced stage of biology in which we find ourselves, no one should doubt that each human individual, each...

Promising new treatment of spinal cord injuries presents bioethical problems should be resolved

Spinal cord injuries are one of the pathologies that present the greatest medical issues in regenrative medicine. Thus, their possible treatment with stem cells has meant—and means—one of the major challenges for regenerative and reparatory medicine. Nevertheless, progress in...

German Ethics Council statement about germline intervention overlooks current use of embryos in this line of research

Last year, the birth of the first genetically modified babies shook the world (see HERE). The German Ethics Council now presents a comprehensive ethical investigation into possible interventions in the genome of human embryos or germ cells. The Council does not deem the human...

Arizona and Florida have declared internet PORN a public health risk

Based on research that has found links between pornography and ‘mental and physical illnesses,’ among a host of other societal and individual ills, Arizona yesterday declared pornography a public health risk*  – a year after Florida did the same.  Republican...

More facts about the human fertilization process

During the fertilization process, a series of interactions take place between the sperm and the oocyte (egg), with the starting point of the process being the adhesion of the sperm to the membrane of the egg and the subsequent fusion of both cells, a process that involves...

First genetically modified babies case in China. Bioethical approach after latest offical investigations

After the statement from Chinese geneticist Jiankui He that he and his team had achieved the birth of the first genetically modified babies (that our Observatory covered extensively, see HERE), the Chinese government ordered an official investigation that has now confirmed the...

Pharmaceutical and biotech biggest companies open their labs to a veterinary inspector

Animals testing ethics. A recently published interview successfully addresses the antagonism between animal welfare and the undeniable need for animals for biomedical research. We quote the article published by Stats that affirms “Some cities have public advocates. Others...

Serious concern for science. European academics are failing abysmally when it comes to reporting the results of clinical trials

European academics are failing abysmally when it comes to reporting the results of clinical trials, a study has revealed. An analysis of data from the European Union’s Clinical Trial Register — published in The BMJ1 on 13 September — shows that around 50% of the listed trials...

Around the debate of CRISPR human experiments. New global registry is proposed and a moratorium in reproductive germline editing

There’s an “urgent need” to create a transparent global registry that would list all experiments related to human genome editing, an expert committee convened to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The international committee of 18 researchers and bioethicists,...

Human fetal tissue debate erupted again. The Trump administration restricts the use of fetal tissues

Moral, and ethical considerations The Trump administration is limiting the use of fetal tissues obtained from elective abortions for biomedical research. Should the government pay for medical research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses? Can human tissue be used as an object of...