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...

Large-scale genetic studies do not include a racially and ethnically diverse population that greatly affects global health

A large study published in Cell titled The Missing Diversity in Human Genetic Studies affirms that the majority of studies of genetic association with disease have been performed in Europeans, what has a negative effect in global health, and proposes solutions (read entire...

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,...

The scientific dogma that only mother’s mitochondria is inherited has been questioned. It could affect various major lines of investigation

This discovery has been a shock for those fields that are based on this “dogma” of biology, such as the study of human evolution or the development of nuclear transfer techniques Until very recently, it was thought that mitochondria, small cellular components...

Single-cell sequencing tool opens up promising possibilities in life cycle and biomedical research

In life cycle the biologic synchronous web that shape it is still a mystery, now a new avenue of research is open Every plant, animal and fungus is made up of an intricate amalgam of cells. Each cell type has its own unique function, life cycle, and reaction to its environment....

Same-sex parents produced in mammals. Mouse pups obtained from “exclusively” male or female pairs

See video below Scientists have managed to produce mouse pups , i.e. bimaternal or bipaternal, in experiments that have been published in Cell Stem Cell. In the aforementioned study, fertile mice were obtained from two females, and mice from two males were born from surrogate...

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...

Will be anonymous’ sperm donation a thing of the past? IVF people claims for their right to know

Thanks to DNA tests and the internet but mainly to the mobilization of IVF people to defend their right to know the identity of their biological parents, many persons could find their biological parents despite the fact that the law that protects the anonymity of gamete donor is...