Human-pig hybrids used to grow body tissue

A news item published recently describes a scientific experiment which may permit human organs to be cultivated in live animals in the coming years. This technique could facilitate access to organs for transplants and address the current shortage in transplantable organs. In the...
Posted On 26 Feb 2014
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The ethics of synthetic biology. The production of “new” organisms

It is a promising technology that raises new ethical and philosophical issues, but which may also open great new opportunities for improving human life The aim of synthetic biology is to produce new biological systems that can be used to improve those currently existing, or to...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014
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Non-invasive techniques to determine the genetic structure of embryos

Preimplantational genetic diagnosis is a widely used technique, employed in the selection of embryos that are free of a heredity or genetic disease and to determine the quality of embryos produced by in vitro fertilisation techniques which are then selected for their subsequent...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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Formation of liver tissue from iPS cells

In an article recently published in Nature (http: //dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12271, 2013), a Japanese team of researchers described how they were able to produce small quantities of liver tissue that showed good vascularisation, that is, liver tissue that was quite similar to...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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DNA is not the only factor that influences personality of genetically identical gametes

Further evidence has been found which shows that the environment and life experiences, and not only DNA, can contribute to the development of the human personality. In other words, genetics doesn’t account for everything.  This was shown by a paper published in Science...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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After birth abortion

A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics 1, of the British Medical Journal Group, by two little-known Italian philosophers based in Australia has sparked a great furore around the world, receiving ample coverage by mass media. The crux of the argument put forth...
Posted On 31 Oct 2013
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Can AIDS be beaten in the next generation?

Since the first cases were discovered in California in 1981, an entire generation has lived under the malevolent shadow of this terrible pandemic. At present, more than 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV, around 1.2 million in the United States. More than 30 million...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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French doctors call for restrictions in the use of third and fourth generation contraceptives.

In France, there is growing opinion that the prescription of third and fourth generation contraceptives should be stopped, as it is becoming increasingly well known that women using these types of drugs may suffer serious side effects, with the aggravating circumstance that there...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Neurological disorders in preterm children.

One major ethical issue is to determine whether babies born very prematurely should be kept alive using life support techniques when there is a possibility that, if they survive, they could have significant neurological problems. In order to evaluate this, the clinical outcome of...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Prospects for HIV/AIDS patients

In relation to the possibility of ending HIV infection or AIDS, there are lights and shadows, but certainly more lights than shadows. Although there is still no effective vaccine against AIDS, one reason for optimism is the effectiveness of anti-retroviral therapy in preventing...
Posted On 12 May 2013
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