“Gene-edited babies” in China. What has said the coinventor of CRISPR technique, Jennifer Doudna?

Jennifer Doudna said, “It is a matter of when and where the gene editing technology will be used in human embryos”. As we commented HERE a Chinese scientist claimed he has used the CRISPR gene-editing science to produce two infants who will be resistant to HIV...

CRISPR-Cas9 causes more damage in the genome than thought

At present CRISPR-Cas9  produces off-target effects See video below The CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system causes more damage in the cellular DNA than previously believed, and this is not detected by standard tests, according to a study published in Nature Biotechnology. While it...

JME publication. Importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics. “The most profound questions that health professionals face are not scientific or technical, but ethical”

Last July, an article was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) by outgoing editors Julian Savulescu, Thomas Douglas and Dominic Wilkinson, in which they reflect on the importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics, as their term as editors of the journal...

Nature changes its policy allowing experimentation with human embryos. Why?

Nature Group does not explain the reasons for this change. In any case, the question remains if its decision is based on new scientific evidence. Research using human embryos and embryonic stem cells has prompted a fierce ethical debate. As editors of these types of studies, the...

Cancer cell therapy, still experimental, beats terminal breast cancer woman with secondary cancers

As far as we know, it is the first time that a cancer therapy achieved terminal cancer eliminating all cancer cells  Judy – who lives in Florida – had spreading, advanced breast cancer that could not be treated with conventional therapy. She had tennis ball-sized...

Neuroscience. New experiments with brain rekindle the bioethical debate

Neuroscience research, with the ultimate goal of deepening our knowledge of the human brain, about which we still know so little, is advancing rapidly (see HERE). Thus, major projects such as the “BRAIN Initiative” in the United States and the Human Brain Project (HBP) in Europe...

Monitoring must continues on gene therapy, possible risks

In order to introduce DNA into cells, gene therapy  uses viruses, but now experimental studies in animals have suggested that when high doses of viruses are used, the process is not as safe as believed. Recent experiments conducted by James Wilson at the University of...

The Conception of Synthetic Entities from a Bioethics Perspective

Our Observatory published a paper in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics that for its relevance we want to make known our readers See HERE Synthetic biology bioethics perspective In this study, the authors affirmed that Synthetic biology opens up the possibility of...

Human-sheep hybrids created for the first time to develop organs

Human-sheep hybrids have been created for the first time by scientists at Stanford University (see New advances and challenges in the production of human-animal chimeras). The scientists grew the embryos in a surrogate sheep, allowing them to gestate up to 3 weeks (see HERE )....

Human embryos research and the Politics of Bioethics

Ethical objective questions posed by human embryo experimentation are exacerbated by the deregulate gene editing techniques research including biohackers A book has been published by Columbia University, entitled “Experiments in Democracy. Human Embryo Research and the Politics...