First genetically modified babies case in China. Bioethics appraoch 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...

Leading doctors in reproductive medicine and transgender clinics open the door to trans women to get womb transplant

Ben Jones, a surgeon at Imperial and member of the Womb Transplant UK organisation is planning the first operations this year Dr Richard Paulson former president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said, in an interview in “The Mirror”, he could think...

Debate on fraud in scientific papers continues. A complex and challenging issue for scientific journals

See video above A JAMA editor article titled Scientific Misconduct and Medical Journals focus on a scientific malpractice involving fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in the reporting of research and clear define this practice, According to the US Department of Health and...

Legal aspects to take into account in the case of genetically modified babies in China

INTRODUCTION The news has come to light in numerous media: Chinese researcher He Jiankui and his team at SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology of China) in Shenzhen have produced the first two genetically-modified human beings using the CRISPR-CAS9 technique...

Scientific institutions are trying to devise global safeguards to stop rogue gene-editing of human embryos

Some U.S. researchers knew of a Chinese scientist’s intentions to implant edited embryos but were unable to stop him. A recent article makes an update of the measures that the scientific community is implementing to avoid implantation of edited embryos. It says  Now, nearly two...

Anatomy of surprise. Scientists discover hidden blood networks that cross through bone

That anatomy and the same science should still contain such surprises that could change dramatically our knowledge of the human body  Textbooks showed entrances and exits, but they were enormous arteries and veins at the ends of bones — an impractical route if the body needs a...