Could CRISPR gene editing tool eradicate entire species? Spanish Institute releases a campaign to eradicate cockroache

Could cockroaches enter in the category of endangered species? Researchers at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona want to use the CRISPR gene editing tool to eradicate cockroaches. The strategy would consist of expanding a harmful genetic trait (sterility) in the...

International Congress in Madrid debates about “Transhumanism and genetically altering people”

Genetic manipulation, which until now only took place with food, is now possible in humans. Additionally, there are electronic devices that can improve intellectual capacities and put an intense ethical debate on the table. Scientists, specialist in bioethics, jurists,...

Anonimity of gametes donation current legislation has come under increased scrutiny. Bioethical approach

“In contemporary culture young people have strong moral claims to know their genetic identities”. Determining whether gamete donation, especially of semen, should be anonymous is an open bioethical debate that still remains unresolved (read HERE our report). Furthermore, from a...

Bioethics of artificial genomes. New method to produce minimal genomes is discovered. Does it really create life?

On 1 April this year, the journal PNAS published an interesting article in which Swiss researchers described how they obtained a minimal artificial genome. Obtaining minimal genomes, which contain only the genes that are essential to maintain the life of an organism, are one of...

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...

Extended Heredity book: An interview with the authors. Nongenetic inheritance approach

Should mendelian gene-centric view of heredity be completed by nongenetic inheritance factors? Extended Heredity: A New Understanding of Inheritance and evolution is a fantastic new book by Russell Bonduriansky and Troy Day about the role of nongenetic inheritance in evolution....

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...

In which measure people who feel happy or sad with the meaning of their lives are due exclusively to genetic factors?

Genetic determinism controversy. Can it determine the meaning of our life? If despite genetic macrodata it is difficult to identify somewhat complex disorders, some studies have dared to probe traits as diffuse as the propensity to crime, muscle power or academic performance. One...

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...

US authorizes the use of CRISPR directly in the patient’s body, until now the trials was made in cells extracted of the patient

Hopes and and concerns The first clinical trial involving the use of the gene editing tool CRISPR directly in the patient (see more ) has been approved in the United States. The trial aim to treat a congenital blindeness will include around 15 patients, adults and children, in...