Controversy surrounding human cloning at the forefront of bioethical issues

The possibility of human cloning continues to raise major bioethical controversy. This technique has been proposed with three relevant specific ends: the purely reproductive end, as a source of material for organ transplantation and for studying human diseases (see the two...

The man with 3 faces, after an astonishing medical feat. What ethical difficulties can face-transplants pose?

“The man with three faces. These transplants pose, indeed, the question of identity”. Health professionals at Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris have performed a double face transplant (see HERE).  After the first transplant failed in  Jérôme Hamon of France, a...

Human-sheep hybrids created for the first time to develop organs

Human-sheep hybrids have been created for the first time by scientists at Stanford University (see New advances and challenges in the production of human-animal chimeras). The scientists grew the embryos in a surrogate sheep, allowing them to gestate up to 3 weeks (see HERE )....

The donation organs law of presumed consent of donors – opt-out – is being discussed in France and the UK

The organ donation, “A free act that should be a voluntary gift” is defended Based on an urgent necessity of organs, presumed consent of donors law is presented as a possible solution. But In France where this law has been regulating organ donation for decades, now is...

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...

Why is organ retrieval from brain-dead donors made frequently with anaesthesia?

An article published in The Journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, titled Anaesthesia for organ donation in the brainstem dead — why bother?  (see HERE) defends the necessity to use anaesthesia for harvesting organs in this kind of donors. The...

After a person’s heart stops, the cellular activity and brain waves may continue

“Within about 3 minutes,” lead author Jens Dreier, a professor at the Center for Stroke Research Berlin, wrote to Newsweek in an email, “the brain’s fuel reserves have become depleted.” When that happens, the mechanisms that brain cells use to keep ions separated, somethi...

An estimation of 10% of worldwide transplants are commercialized but it is impossible to know just how large the trade may be

According to WHO report (see HERE), 10% of all transplants in the world are carried out under some form of commercialization, mostly transplant tourism, since patients who live in countries with a shortage of organs travel in search of a transplant to other places where...

FBI continues to investigate the magnitude of organ sales of Planned Parenthood

The FBI is requesting information from the US Congress to establish whether Planned Parenthood is selling body parts of aborted babies for commercial purposes, which may go against US state and federal laws, as well as being an inhuman practice. The alarm over this immoral...

Public opinion associates brain death with organ harvesting which could affect physician credibility

“The medical community should improve understanding through consistent, simplified language, dissociating brain death from organ donation” and resolve the controversy about the different criterion of brain death. A recent study published by Elsevier – Science...