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...

Every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors by law

Very soon, each and every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors. They will be automatically included in this register, without having expressed their desire to donate at any time or having initiated any procedure to do so (organ donors...

European fertility rates and the age at which women were having children worsen

According to a Eurostat report, the European fertility rates in 2008 was 1.61 children per woman. Later, with the eruption of the economic crisis, the figure could only worsen, falling to 1.58 in 2012. The situation is not the same everywhere, however: France and Ireland exhibit...

Assisted suicide in patients with “treatment-resistant depression”

Some authors have proposed accepting assisted suicide in patients with treatment-resistant depression (Journal Medicine Ethics 41; 577-83,2015). However, their arguments are called into question by FG Miller (J Med Ethics 41; 885-886, 2015), who questions the professional...

Even treated, AIDS is a chronical disease because HIV is stored in certain human cells

The disease cannot be cured, as the HIV remains inactive in the patients’ body It is known that AIDS can be treated with new antiretroviral drugs, converting it from a fatal disease to a chronic one. However, the disease is not completely cured, although it is not known for...

Embryonic stem cells treatment is used to treat spinal cord injury with apparent success

Doctors are careful not to predict Boesen’s future progress Keck Medical Centre of the University of Southern California (USC, United States) announced that a team of doctors from the Center became the first in California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem...

The incidence of suicidal behaviour in Spain is very high

The national prevention plan has proven to be ineffective The incidence of suicidal behaviour has risen in Spain from barely 6 cases per 100,000 population at the end of the last century, to over 11 per 100,000 at present, while other regions, such as the Nordic countries, have...

Functional artificial eggs obtained for the first time from mouse skin

Scientists in Japan have transformed mouse skin cells into eggs and have managed to obtain fertile offspring after their fertilisation (See Nature article HERE). This study represents the first production of eggs completely in vitro. In 2012, mouse skin cells were reprogrammed...

Human papilloma virus vaccination. Should it be made more widely available?

Respect the will of the parents if the child is a minor A medical issue with an important ethical component attached is whether papilloma vaccination virus (HPV) should be made more widely available or not (read more about this bioethical controversy HERE). , starting from the...

Nepal, the Mecca for assisted reproduction techniques also bans surrogacy industry

The supreme court of justice in Nepal has decided to suspend all surrogacy programmes in the country. After surrogacy was banned in Thailand, Nepal became the new Mecca for assisted reproduction techniques for the women of those countries. Due to the urgent need for foreign...