Another new ethical scandal in China. Fraudulent and cahotic situation as regards clinical trials

More than 80% of data from clinical trials conducted in China are fraudulent (see BMJ report HERE), after objective technical failures were found in 1,308 out of 1,622 trials that evaluated new drugs. A report released by China’s State Food and Drug Administration on 9th...

Cerebral organoids produced from embryonic stem cells

A group of researchers in La Jolla, California, have produced three-dimensional  cerebral organoids (“mini-brains”) from human embryonic stem cells, later comparing the functionality of the tissue produced with samples of brain tissue from human foetuses with the same...

Ethical debates sparked by recent biomedical breakthroughs

 The urgent need to incorporate ethics into biomedical research Many of the problems presented by science during the course of its normal development raise bioethical concerns that must be considered. In this respect, the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values...

Human embryo. His moral status according to Michael Sandel

THE STATUS OF THE HUMAN EMBRYO ACCORDING TO MICHAEL SANDEL Justo Aznar*, Vicente Bellver**, Gloria Casanova and Mª José Torres   Abstract: Michael Sandel is one of the most socially committed North American philosophers. In this paper, we analyse his thoughts in relation to...
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Human embryos manipulation for possible biomedical uses is permitted. Ethical assessment

It is often said that in scientific research, anything that can be done, will be done, regardless of its ethical connotations. This is what seems to have occurred in the light of an article published on 4th May this year in Nature (doi:10.1038/nature17948), entitled...

Has the morning after pill mechanism only an anticonceptive effect

Why is the morning after pill mechanism often silenced? Teenage pregnancy is a significant public health issue.(1) Worldwide, some 15 million pregnancies occur every year among young women aged 15 to 19,(2) approximately 1.25 million in the 28 OECD (Organization for Economic...

Bioethical debates. Contributions of religion in the field of research and biomedical practice

As a general rule, bioethical debates deal with the questions raised by scientific-technical breakthroughs in the field of research and biomedical practice. The swiftness with which these advances take place calls into question whether moral philosophy —and in particular...

Bayer contraceptives. Civil proceedings against the company due to higher risks

Last December, in the regional court in Waldshut (Germany), civil proceedings were opened against pharmaceutical company Bayer because of the higher risks of serious adverse reactions associated with  hormone Bayer contraceptives. The claimant, Felicitas Rohrer, suffered a severe...

Producing human organs in animal chimeras raises objective medical and ethical problems

The major medical and social problems in organ transplantation owing to the increasing shortage of donor organs is well known. Solutions must therefore be sought in the fairly near future that can resolve these issues. One of these is the production of animal chimeras in which...

Human cloning for reproductive and therapeutic purpose. Ethical aspects.

Human somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) or human cloning  for reproductive and therapeutic purposes and oocyte use have objective ethical difficulties, principally that it objectifies the human embryo produced, it instrumentalises it, which goes against the dignity inherent to...