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 )....

Gene therapy recent clinical applications

As we said in a previous article gene therapy is facing a new promising stage (see WHY). On 9 January this year, a review was published in JAMA on the latest advances in gene therapy, making reference to specific advances in humans. The first refers to gene therapy treatment of a...

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...

CRISPR-Cas9, the gene editing tool, might cause cancer. Why does Crispr present difficulties in humans?

Editing cells’ genomes with CRISPR-Cas9  might increase the risk that the altered cells, intended to treat disease, will trigger cancer, two studies published on Monday warn [2018, Jun 11]— a potential game-changer for the companies developing CRISPR-based therapies. (Begley,...

Human genome “grammar” is extremely complex. Are we prepared for the genetics revolution we are living?

Human genome sequencing revealed the order of the 3 billion letters of the ADN (A, C, G and T), but not what they mean, much less the grammar that gives them meaning. Human genome grammar  A study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in the edition of international science...

Duchenne muscular dystrophy could be treated with genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technique

Genome editing using  CRISPR/Cas9 is a promising possibility for correcting diseases due to genetic mutations (see HERE ), such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy – lethal degeneration of cardiac and skeletal muscle caused by different genetic mutations (see more HERE), which...

Genome editing and germ line modification. Medical and ethical debate

Genetic modification of the human germline that will pass to children, and to future Gene editing consists of the modification or removal of specific DNA sequences in order, for example, to correct a disease-causing mutation. Early approaches were based on the recognition of...
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Are biohackers out of control? Gene editing kits offered on Internet permit re-engineer DNA

What could happen when you democratize science -not authorized lab not professional responsibility – and give anyone the ability to edit DNA? In the past few years, so-called biohackers across the country have taken gene editing into their own hands. As the equipment...

Are there genes associated with psychiatric illnesses?

Mental illness affects one in six U.S. adults, but scientists’ sense of the underlying biology of most psychiatric disorders remains nebulous. That’s frustrating for physicians treating the diseases, who must also make diagnoses based on symptoms that may only appear...