Genome editing. Medical and ethical lively debate

Genetic modification of the human germ line that will pass to children, and to future generations,has sparked a lively debate in the international scientific community. Genome editing consists of the modification or removal of specific DNA sequences in order, for example, to...
Posted On 21 Oct 2015
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Teenage pregnancy rates in South and North America

Different teenage pregnancy rates studies. The birth rate for teenage mothers (15 to 19 years) in Colombia is 69 per 1000 women of this age. In Chile this figure is 55, in Peru 51, in Argentina 54, in Paraguay 67 and in Bolivia 72. Teenage pregnancy rates in the United Kingdom is...

Galileo’s sentence. Where is the truth?

Has the suffering endured by Galileo at the hands of Churchmen and institutions been acknowledged? John Paul II recognised the greatness of Galileo, and deeply regretted the mistakes of those theologians. In fairness though, it should be said that a great myth has been created...

Pregnant women declared brain dead. Should life support be maintained?

Maintaining life support in pregnant women declared brain death is a question that arises quite often in gynaecology practice and has now been raised again with the news of two recent cases.The first concernsMarlise Muñoz, in Texas, USA, and the other Robyn Benson, in British...

Physicians’ bioethics positions in USA and Europe

They change for the worst. A recent survey about physicians’ bioethics position held by doctors in particualr cases (Medscape Ethics Report 2014, Part 1: Life, Death, and Pain. December 16, 2014.) features the opinions of American and European physicians on the ethical...
Posted On 06 Jul 2015
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HIV positive organ donors. Is it reasonable to assume a risk that can easily be avoided?

The idea that HIV positive organ donors has been dismissed until now. This attitude is currently under discussion (Journal Medical Ethics 41; 367-370,2015), with the news that this legal barrier could be lifted in the United States, should the potential recipients also be...

Cell therapy clinics unregulated in the United States

For years, American “stem-cell tourists” have flocked to unregulated clinics in Mexico, the Caribbean and China in search of everything from heart treatments to facelifts. But now, these kinds of clinics are popping up across the United States (The Washington Post,...
Posted On 30 Apr 2015
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Abortion laws in Latin America

A pro-life attitude is folowed especially in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica which abortion is prohibited under any circumstances Analysis Bárbara Fraser analyses abortion laws in Latin America in a recent article published in The Lancet (383; 2113-2114, 2014), part of...
Posted On 16 Apr 2015
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Fraudulent cell therapies. They must be subject to medical evidence

Fraudulent cell therapy an objective ethics problem in biomedicine One major ethical problem in the field of cell therapy is the fraud that can be committed by proposing the use of treatments that have not been proven to be clinically effective. This fraud can be especially...

Stem cell therapy by cardiomyocytes derivied from embryonic cells

Objectives ethical difficulties Stem cell therapy: Functional cardiomyocytes can be derived from pluripotent stem cells, and thus be used to repair damaged hearts. There are numerous experiments in this field. These cells have been specially derived from human embryos (embryonic...
Posted On 25 Mar 2015
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