The discovery of the restoration of brain circulation hours post-mortem could change current paradigms of death criteria

A recent article published in Nature (volume 568, pages336–343 (2019) appears to have a great impact on the current criteria of death that could even affect protocols of organ donation (read our article Organ donation for transplantation in children with cardiac arrest). The...

Child vaccination skepticism . Should vaccination be imposed by law or rebuilding trust between doctors-patients and healthcare institutions?

The debate surrounding the ethical obligation of universal child vaccination is sustained. Recently, an Italian child was banned from entering an educational centre because he was not vaccinated, and his parents were fined €500. The current Italian government is skeptical about...

Vicent Lambert case. His parents denounce the removal of basic nourishment is ‘murder’ but they had lost the battle

A new ruling of the French Court of cassation ruled that the hospital in Reims, northeastern France, could, now, stop feeding and hydration that have kept Lambert alive since a motorcycle accident in 2008. He has almost no consciousness but can breathe without a respirator and...

Baby born to mother brain dead for three months reignited the brain death criteria debate

Talented canoeist Catarina Sequeira, 26, had been declared brain dead (read our reports of brain death controversy) after she suffered an acute asthma attack at her home when she was 19 weeks’ pregnant. Earlier this year Catarina gave birth a healthy child in Sao Joan Hospital in...

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...

New large study confirms the adverse side effects in children born after assisted reproduction

There is ample evidence that children born through assisted reproduction experience more medical problems than children conceived naturally (see HERE). We have also published a variety of information in relation to this that supports the reality. Now, new data has also been...

Ethical dilemmas that “intelligent machine” could present. Self-driving cars coming to the market

A serious ethical dilemma is how to regulate the actions of the new “intelligent machines”. A specific case of this is “driverless” or “self-driving” cars. Their use could entail moral dilemmas, especially with respect to possible deaths in potential accidents. Researchers at...

Once again scientific evidence proves significant differences between the brains of men and women

 A recent article published in PNAS confirms that there are differences between the cells of men and women. In this particular case, it shows that the brains of women are around four years younger than the brains of men. These finding suggest that, since the brain uses energy...

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...

US doctors confirm and clarify their opposition to assisted suicide. ‘A prescription for death’

With a large majority (392-162), the most important medical institution in the United States reiterates that assisted suicide is not a medical act. It is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer” AMA says. AMA’s Council on Ethical...