Open debate in the UK. Bioethicists and parents argue for a change in childcare law in the UK

 “Best interest” or “independent significant harm test” A paper in the British Medical Journal has called for ‘new solutions’ to disputes between parents and doctors on medical care, in the wake of the Alfie Evans case. Two bioethicists have argued there...

How could synthetic biology facilitate cancer treatments?

Cancer new treatment using synthetic biology At the present time, there are objective limitations for treating certain diseases, such as cancer. Now, Kitada and colleagues study published in NATURE (See HERE) have suggested that part of these limitations can be resolved using...

Have obstetricians and gynecologists the right to conscientious objection in Great Britain?

Physicians and medical personnel conscientious objection to abortions and to prescribe the morning-after pill One of the problems that most concerns healthcare professionals who train at the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), a faculty of Royal College of...

Criminals could alter their DNA to evade justice with new genetic editing kit

The kit could be bought by Internet for 150 Euros A revolutionary genetic editing technique designed to repair faulty DNA could be used by criminals to evade justice Criminals using a kit available from chemists can manipulate their own DNA to avoid detection on police databases,...

Transplant of cryopreserved ovarian tissue to leukemia surivivor women. A healthy child have already been born

First child healthy born from a leukemia cancer survivor More than 80 children have already been born worldwide after cryopreserved ovarian tissue-transplantation in women who, due to disease or medical treatment, could lose the chance to have children in the future. Over the...

Functionally active artificial ovary produced in rats

Anti-cancer therapy or advanced age in women can lead to loss of ovarian function (see HERE new positive advances). Cancer therapy effects cause objective health problems, such as sexual changes, obesity and osteoporosis. These changes can be alleviated by hormone replacement...

Figures of Euthanasia deaths rise by 67% in Nederlands. 7000 deaths in 2017

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has presented findings for the last five years, where the number of people who have died by euthanasia in the Netherlands has risen by 67%: from 4,188 in 2012 to more than 7,000 in 2017.  “Cases are set to exceed 7000...

Gene therapy gets a new boost.

Gene therapy real drug will now begin to translate beyond clinical trials Gene therapy has received a new boost this year with the approval of Kymriah from Novartis by the United States regulatory agency, the FDA. The treatment is indicated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in...

Number of sexually active teenagers falls in United States

The number of sexually active teenagers in the United States has fallen markedly in the last decade, a trend that has also been observed among young people, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on 4 January this year (see HERE). This...

Can one gene link two unrelated diseases?

Every genetic disease is traditionally associated with one gene bit now a study has been published suggesting that one gene links unrelated diseases playing a role in Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease, a serious bowel disorder. The team found a link between Crohn’s disease...