Our bioethics statement on Trump’s cuts on research with aborted fetal tissues

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has taken a new step in the fight against abortion, announcing the end of research with tissues from aborted fetuses in federal (NIH, National Institutes of Health) laboratories. While this does not mean that this type of research...

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, recognized founder of applied personalist bioethics, dies

The death of His Eminence Cardinal Elio Sgreccia has been recieved with great sadness by bioethics professionals. Cardinal Sgreccia was one of the greatest representatives of personalist bioethics in recent decades, even though in this era of profound secularization, the fact of...

A short review of negative and positive effects of Trump’s restrictions on fetal tissue research

As we published recently (read HERE), the American Administration has placed restrictions on research using fetal tissue, giving rise to a fierce debate among researchers. In this respect, Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary told Science that enacting the new poli...

Ethical dilemmas that “intelligent machine” could present. Self-driving cars coming to the market

A serious ethical dilemma is how to regulate the actions of the new “intelligent machines”. A specific case of this is “driverless” or “self-driving” cars. Their use could entail moral dilemmas, especially with respect to possible deaths in potential accidents. Researchers at...

Seven latest biomedical breakthroughs which present new ethical challenges

Introduction When technical breakthroughs are made in the field of biomedicine, they are always aimed at achieving positive ends, both experimental and biomedical, but they can very often raise ethical and medical concerns. Balance between the risks and benefits This diatribe...

Transgender thoughtpolice banned scientific research about people whith detransitioning. Why?

We posted 0n 28 Sep 2017 an article titled Bath Spa University – UK banned medical research to help people who decided to reverse their gender reassignment. We stated that James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specialises in working with transgender people, began the research...

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...