China breached international criminal law. Organs are harvested from political prisoners

China abuses in this and other fields have been published by our Observatory (for example frauduent trials scandal). On the other hand obtaining organs for transplantation from political prisoners has been fundamental to maintain donor organ levels in China for a substantial...

A promising step to fertility preservation of childhood cancer survivors by immature testicular tissue grafting

Also, hundreds of patients whose fertility is at risk following toxic therapies would be beneficiated Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can wipe out sperm production, so men who want to one day have children sometimes freeze some before they undergo treatment. Boys who haven’t...

Leading doctors in reproductive medicine and transgender clinics open the door to trans women to get womb transplant

Ben Jones, a surgeon at Imperial and member of the Womb Transplant UK organisation is planning the first operations this year Dr Richard Paulson former president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said, in an interview in “The Mirror”, he could think...

Important move towards clinical use of pig donor hearts in human patients. New technique allows pig hearts transplanted in monkeys survive for more than six months

One of the major problems in heart transplantation in humans is the shortage of organs to satisfy current clinical demand. Although the use of genetically modified pig hearts has been proposed as a potential solution, and preclinical tests have been carried out in baboon models,...

Ethical concerns about uterus transplantation from a deceased donor

Medical journal The Lancet has published the case of livebirth of a healthy child from a woman who had undergone uterus transplantation from a deceased donor. According to the authors, this is the first time that this procedure has been successfully performed. As we informed in a...

A human heart left on a commercial airliner provides a glimpse into the nation’s transplant system. The obscure network of nonprofit organizations is questioned

With organ trafficking on the rise and nonprofit institutions implicated, a recent news article published by The Washington Post (see HERE) reveals the obscure and uncontrolled U.S. network of these organizations that collect and transport human organs and tissue. The heart...

Is the success of organ transplantation “Spanish model” due to the current law of organ donation presumed consent?

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) article titled Will an opt-out organ transplant law save lives? referred to the English legal initiatives explains in few words the state of the art in Spain (read entire article HERE). The authors affirmed, Spain is often cited as having t...

First child born worldwide gestated in a uterus transplanted between twin sisters

News of the first baby in the world to be born after gestation in a womb transplanted between twin sisters in Hospital Santa Orsola in Bologna, Italy, was recently published in Spanish newspaper ABC . From a medical point of view, it is of interest to highlight that both mother...

Europe rejects “Global Kidney Exchange Project”. This apparently solidarity initiative mask authentic “trafficking in human organs”

The initiative encourages the “risk of exploitation”. See video below The European Committee on Organ Transplantation has unanimously approved the absolute rejection of the project promoted from the United States of global kidney exchange (see here promotion site). The Global...

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...